First Major Jazz Mag Review for My Band

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  1. Craig Garfinkel

    Craig Garfinkel

    Aug 25, 2000
    Hartford, CT
    Endorsing Artist: Sadowsky Guitars
    At the risk of seeming immodest, I wanted to post this because...well, heck...I'm proud of what we've accomplished and wanted to share this with all you cats.

    The following review will appear in the next quarterly issue of Jazz Improv Magazine. It was supposed to appear in the last issue, but got bumped :( . But now that I've read it...:) .

    Mystery Feet
    w e b s i t e : w w w . m y s t e r y f e e t . c o m ;; PO Box 1611, Avon,
    CT 06001. The Dragon Gate; Walk The Walk;
    Mariana; Angelina Park; The Gospel Truth;
    Stellar Dreams; The Chicken; Walk The Walk
    PERSONNEL: Craig Garfinkel, bass; Frank
    Varela, guitar; Jonathan Chatfield, Hammond
    Organ and Fender Rhodes Piano; Scott Allshouse,
    drums; congas; Larry Coryell, guitar
    (“Angelina Park”); Bill Holloman, tenor sax,
    baritone sax, trumpets, trombone; Rob Fried,

    By Winthrop Bedford

    impressive debut release.”

    Mystery Feet is a spirited group of musicians
    from the Hartford, Connecticut area. Their
    music bubbles over with the sounds of funk,
    jazz, fusion, Latin and other elements. Walk The
    Walk is the group’s well-rehearsed, impressive
    debut release. The CD sports tight ensemble
    work, and provides a healthy helping of solos in
    a variety of grooves and settings. Each of the
    group’s members sounds confident, imparting
    authenticity of each and every of the assimilated
    musical genres that compose their sound. This
    might be expected given the academic backgrounds
    and pedigrees from Berklee College of
    Music that each of the members share, and a
    degree from the Eastman School of Music for
    keyboardist Jonathan Chatfield. Moreover, as
    any quality jazz release requires, the solos
    throughout the album evidence experience, an
    understanding of developing musically melodic
    and harmonically developed lines, interplay and
    sensitivity among each of the members of the
    group—bassist Garfinkel, guitarist Frank Varela
    and keyboardist Jonathan Chatfield.
    The CD opens with “The Dragon Gate” an
    energized modal piece in 3/4, composed by
    Larry Coryell, who appears as a guest soloist
    elsewhere on this CD. Bassist Garfinkel and
    drummer Scott Allshouse are locked in to provide
    a solid rhythmic foundation. Solos follow
    by Chatfield on Fender Rhodes piano, and Frank
    Varela on guitar, and bassist Craig Garfinkel.
    Garfinkel demonstrates that he is both a driving
    ensemble player on electric bass, as well as a
    confident soloist.
    The composition credits on the next track,
    “Walk The Walk” go to each of the member of
    Mystery Feet—a tip of the hat to the jamband
    nature of their efforts. Each of the members of
    the band gets a solo feature on this one—
    demonstrating that the music, and specifically
    melodic solos, takes precedence over the idea of
    making their work a showcase for technique—
    with which each member is amply gifted.
    “The Gospel Truth” another original by
    Varela, is a down-tempo, funky backbeat blues.
    Chatfield contributes a fitting solo on Hammond
    B3, followed a solo by Varela on guitar.
    “Mariana” is a funky, straight eighth groover,
    reminiscent of the kind of energy George Benson
    generated on his highly-successful mid
    1970s albums. Varela and keyboardist Chatfield
    serve up compelling solos. Another Varela original,
    “Stellar Dreams” open with a laid-back
    rock, straight-eight groove, and blossoms into a
    bright, festive samba-like showcase for a Fender
    Rhoades solo by Chatfield, followed by composer
    Varela’s tasteful and fitting guitar excursion.
    “The Chicken” features a horn section—
    saxes, trumpet, trombone—each played and
    overdubbed by Bill Holloman.
    “Angelina Park” is a Varela original which
    features guest Larry Coryell. Expectedly, he fits
    right in, while adding name-recognition value to
    this release—supporting Mystery Feet’s marketing
    efforts. Apparently Varela developed his
    appreciation for Coryell’s work years ago when
    he heard him on a Herbie Mann album entitled
    “Memphis Underground.” Incidentally, Larry
    Coryell also wrote the liner notes for this noteworthy
    first release by Mystery Feet.
    114 V4N2 l Jazz Improv ®, 491 Old York Rd, Jenkintown, Pa 19046 l tel: 215-887-8808 l fax: 215-887-8803 l e-mail: l
  2. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Immodest hell, you SHOULD be proud! Congratulations!
  3. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    That is very cool. Congrats!
  4. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Congrats! Quite a compliment you got in the review as well.
  5. Sinker


    Dec 4, 2002
    Newark, DE USofA
    Congrats Craig, that's great stuff.

  6. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2002
    Lowell, MA
    Congrats on the review! Sounds like a great album.
  7. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Woodland Hills, CA

    It's cool to see you guys so well reviewed. I wish I could watch you guys play. :) So when's the world tour? ;)
  8. How cool is that???

    I'd love to hear the cd!!!!!



  9. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Wow, nice one Craig! That's seriously cool.
  10. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999, looks like the guy actually listened & took notes!
    Great review, Craig!
  11. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Very cool. Congrats.

    So, are you guys touring?
  12. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Attaboy, Craig!:) Is this CD available online?
  13. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
  14. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    It's really cool when a fellow TalkBass member hits the big time. Congrats.
  15. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Thats so great man...I really want to hear your cd! I want to hear the chicken! :D

    I just listened to some samples....I may have to buy this record...its really great stuff...kind of like a funkier less experiemental-bizarro MMW
    keep up the good work
  16. Craig Garfinkel

    Craig Garfinkel

    Aug 25, 2000
    Hartford, CT
    Endorsing Artist: Sadowsky Guitars
    Wow cats...just got home from the gig, had a blast playing tonight, and now I come home to all your great comments. I'm quite touched. It just doesn't get any better than this...unless of course I go wake up my wife. Hmmmm.

    Yes, embellisher it's available online at ...for $12. But if any TBers want one, PM me and I'll be happy to do you a solid on the price. I don't want to seem like I'm soliciting, so mods please delete this paragraph if it's uncool.

    Blackbird, we're not touring yet. Still trying to find a good booking agent. I Would love to find a hook up for Europe and/or Japan, especially. I think we'd do well there. Hopefully the review will spark some interest. I'm told Jazz Improv is fairly well read by industry-types.

    Thanks Wrong Robot, "a funkier less experimental bizzaro-MMW...I can dig that. :D
  17. anon5458975


    Apr 5, 2001
    That's one smokin' review Craig, very cool!

    Just checked the sound samples at CDBaby, gonna have to add your album to my short list now, sounds really good. :)
  18. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Very nice. Congratulations.
  19. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Great review and from what I've read here and the webiste mentioned, it sounds like the sort of music I would like - so I ordered a copy via CDBaby!!
  20. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Woodland Hills, CA
    Dang, I just checked your link and you guys sound great!