Thoughts on the Interview With Mario Ferraioli of Jazz in Family

When I got a message from Mario Ferraioli with a request to do an interview for his show Jazz in Family, I thought it would be more of the same ol’ same ol’.

You know… the regular questions like

“Where do you see yourself in 10 years?”

“How did you start playing music?”

Etc., etc., etc.,

Don’t get me wrong… They are legitimate questions. And I was expecting more of the same.

Then Mario Turned the Tables on Me…

He said, “I want our interview to be different. It will be a one hour show.”

I thought to myself, “Gee… I’m not really that interesting for one hour.”

And Mario asked me to pick 3 – 5 songs by other artists he would play on his show and we can talk about them, as well as letting his Jazz in Family listeners get to know more about me as an artist and person.

Wow! This IS a different type of interview.

Very Cool!

Song Choices

So I started thinking… What songs and artists that have an influence on me would I like to introduce to Mario and his audience and why.

So many to choose from… Too many in fact.

Should it be strictly about guitarists? There are a bunch.

Composers? There are a bunch.

Soloists? There are a bunch.

In the end I picked John McLaughlin and Mahavishnu Orchestra song “Meeting of the Spirits” from the first Mahavishnu Orchestra Album “Inner Mounting Flame”

I was strictly rock and blues till I heard that album. The intensity, the musicianship, the chords, the rhythms blew my brain into a bazillion little pieces. When it all came back together again, I was changed for life!

Even today, music from that album is too intense fro some people to listen to. It is that strong.

A funny thing happened during the interview. A friend of mine who was not familiar with Mahavishnu Orchestra heard that track on Mario’s Jazz in Family show, and he messaged me asking ”Is that you?“ I was honored by the compliment, and his question made it very clear that this is one of my very major influences.

I also decided on a Cannonball Adderley song called “Jive Samba”. This is a song I like to cover. But Cannonball Adderley has always been my favorite sax player. His soulfulness has always had a hold on me, and I wanted to share something with the listeners of Jazz in Family.

What other songs played in the interview?

Well, you will just have to listen to the podcast to find out πŸ™‚

You can do that by clicking here, INTERVIEW when you get to the page, scroll down to the bottom. Though the written words are in Italian, the interview is in English πŸ™‚

The Interview

A few days before we recorded the interview, we tested via skype. We wanted to make sure we could connect flawlessly. The last thing we needed was a technical breakdown.

And this was fun. It worked.

So the day of the interview, at the prescribed time Mario and I connected again over skype.

Now I have to say upfront, my Italian sucks. It is non-existent! I don’t speak it. I should learn.

Mario’s English was good. Though at first he tried skype translator, which was really funny. It kept mis-interpreting what we were saying.

So we had our conversation… LIVE… and it was recorded.

The recording was just like the way I like to record albums. We set up and just went straight through. No overdubs.

And the interview was pretty much 2 friends chatting and the audience gets to listen in. Click here to listen It was a really cool way to do it!

Give it a listen. You can listen in Italian or English… and no you don’t need skype translator for the English version πŸ™‚

Note: Mario told me afterwards, there were so many people streaming the interview, we overloaded the servers!

You can see where the interview was played in Italy… and the list of cities is pretty impressive to me.

What do you think?


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