On Saturday, April 25th, 2009 – in preparation for their Norwegian Tour – The Grande Mothers Re:Invented were joined by very special guests, Not Your Fathers Mothers String Quartet, for one performance only at The Music Recital Hall, L.A. Harbor College.
Harry Scorzo, friend of the band, and an accomplished jazz violinist (check out his pieces for jazz violin on his MySpace page – very reminiscent of 1970s era Ponty and Sugarcane Harris yet with a style which is distinctly his own) and arranger put together the String Quartet (featuring himself on violin, Tim Weed on violin, Dan Weinstien on viola, and April Guthrie on cello). Harry Scorzo did the string arrangements for “Pound for a Brown” (above), “Peaches en Regalia”, “Big Swifty”, and “Twenty Small Cigars” originally titled “Transitions” (below).
Don Preston arranged everything else, including “Son of Orange County” and “More Trouble Every Day”:
Unfortunately, these are the only videos from that performance which have thus far surfaced. Given that other concerts have been recorded at Harbor College’s Music Recital Hall, there is always hope that this show was also recorded (or at very least, more clips exist of this special performance). Don Preston, Napoleon Murphy Brock, and Roy Estrada are a joy to watch on the same stage. Chris Garcia, drummer, is the resident Grande Mothers historian (check out his other project, Eartha Austria Trio). And it’s easy to understand why the editors of Guitar Player magazine voted Miroslav Tadic one of the world’s thirty most radical and individual guitarists:
I highly recommend Vlatko Stefanovski & Miroslav Tadic’s ‘Live In Zagreb’ (featuring Theodosii & Swapan Chaudhuri) until such a time that The Grande Mothers Re:Invented release something.