1987 Red St. John, Byron Olson, Gene
Bianco and a group of talented musicians entered BIOYA
Studios in Patterson, New Jersey. A Studio owned and engineered by accomplished
musicians and performers, Lenny Argese and Louie Argese. The recording that resulted received acclaim
for the compositions, the musical artistry and the sonic clarity. We were so proud of
it we had our signatures lithographed onto each CD! And due to its
technical quality it was picked up by independent distributors, reviewed by everyone from
Cash Box to CD Review and was available at Tower records and other major
music stores. In fact, if you search our UPC label you'll discover it is still listed on most music sites*. Unusual for a first attempt by a group.
It was the end of an age where if you believed in the music, and you could demonstrate you had heart and talent,
you just might get on the radio. Another first was that these recordings were
played on satellite radio, long before XM and Sirius were even ideas. The Breeze
was a syndicated satellite radio program and it played this CD along with stations
from New York to Chicago. The music is timeless. Great songs with
beautiful arrangements and soulful playing. New York session men like Tom
Harrell - Zev Katz - Dave
Ratajczak - Clint
de Ganon. Beautiful arrangements by Byron Olson and Wade Marcus. Byron and I
wrote the music and it was my first release in this genre. All of my
compositions were composed on a Commodore 64 Computer using a MIDI interface.
There is only one cover tune, and I play guitar and guitar synthesizer on it -
Jimi Hendrix's beautiful ballad, 'Burning of the Midnight Lamp'.
And as for
me, I still compose and have recently produced, written and directed a play, 'Laserus,
Odyssey of Light' . I
hope you enjoy this music as much as I still do. It was a labor of love and it's
frozen in a time that will never return.
*Trivia: the UPC Bar Code for this CD is a combination of the month of
each of our birthdays