Get “Out of Control” with This Toe-Tapper

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Here's another track from my 2010 release Funkmeister. My lovely wife Norma Hitchcock insisted I post this one because it's her fave 😉

If you want to get "Out Of Control", then def give this one a listen.

Featuring the amazing Elisa Sintjago with imaginative song stylings, Jesse Jones Jr. on Baritone (!) sax, and my dear departed brother Derek Mason on BURNING guitar solo.

Enjoy!

Posted by Hugh Hitchcock on Friday, December 2, 2016

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My Record “Funkmeister”

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FUNKMEISTER: In 2009 (then remastered in 2010 lol) I released my actual first album under my own name. Better late than never, I guess – I'd been bringing a lot of tunes with me for some years and a lot of them were based around female vocals, since that's the kind of band I'd worked in for years and years. So I released an album with primarily female vocals, with my own songs and myself in control of production. I did it this way mainly to get a feel for producing, without the onus being so much on my own performance, sort of trying to take a cue from Quincy Jones.

My next album, currently in production, will be the opposite, incidentally – it's much more focused on what I do and what people think of me or remember me for, which is bass slapping and ethereal keyboard and guitar work etc.

Certainly back then I had a lot to learn as a producer, but still I was able to win an award for top 100 international airplay with a song from this album (Funkmeister.)

The record was produced with lots of help from long-time friend Jesse Jones Jr. on winds and and an amazing vocalist, Elisa Sintjago out front bringing my tunes to life and Dennis Sierra adding some spice on the guitar.

(btw I've learned to turn the reverb down a bit since this 🙂

Posted by Hugh Hitchcock on Friday, December 2, 2016

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Quit Cryin’ Y’All!

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ok this one is pretty ill… one day myself, Ronrico Morris and Lamont Johnson were sitting around in the control room at Cloudborne Studios Detroit on Mack Ave… and one of us got to telling the other one to "quit crying". If I recall correctly it was Ronrico being told, and Lamont doing the telling 🙂 well, this phrase was rendered, and what had started as a sick inside joke has blossomed into a lifestyle choice as many of my friends will attest lol…

but seriously folks – in many situations with people, "Quit Cryin'" is really a great all-purpose response, especially when someone is annoying you. You should try it sometime. lol

I guess you could say this is "comedy music" with some funk thrown in. But indeed there is a great fretless bass solo and also a pretty kickin' piano solo. The words are just a joke 😉 I pretty much did every track on this one myself including the vocals. Analog – (pre-digital days)

Posted by Hugh Hitchcock on Friday, December 2, 2016

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Stratus-Fear: Jazz Rock

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Like heavy Jazz-Rock?

then you might dig this track called "Stratus Fear" – composed by yours truly…

probably my first foray into serious digital recording, circa 2003 and ultimately released on my album Funkmeister in 2009.

Myself on bass & keys and a little help from my long-time friends Jimi James Ruccolo on guitars and Larry Hirt "Bigfoot" holdin down the skins.

Guaranteed to challenge your fear of Stratus.

Posted by Hugh Hitchcock on Friday, December 2, 2016

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The “Scat” and the “Hop” of Things

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About eight years ago Jesse Jones Jr. and myself kind of invented a new musical genre and we released an album on it and called it "Scat Hop". If I had to, I guess I'd say Jesse is the Scat and I'm the Hop 🙂

The album we released in 2010 may have been just a little ahead of its time – I think people didn't quite know what to make of it. But with some of the most amazing performances by Jesse "in the can", these tracks just have to be heard.

So I've been approaching these songs one at a time, changing up the feel to a more organic unit and releasing them as singles. We have had tremendous response to the first single release "Funk Mambo Remix" which I put out at the beginning of the year. http://cdbaby.com/jessejonesjr22

Here's a preview of the second single release to be available and in rotation very soon!

If you're familiar with the Scat Hop product then you'll undoubtedly recognize the song. But if you listen closely you'll hear really a brand new approach to this music that supports Jesse's off-the-wall antics and his driving funk saxophone in a whole new way.

I believe the world at large will come to really value and appreciate these scat hop tracks, over the long run, if not right away. Enjoy the latest single, Scat Hop Remix!

with Joe Collado , Dennis Sierra, IkeandVal Woods

Posted by Hugh Hitchcock on Friday, December 2, 2016

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Joe Collado’s “Medicine” Featuring Yours Truly

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My long-time friend Joe Collado writes Latin Jazz with a Puerto Rican flavor. He's released several albums over the last few years, and the Latin Jazz community has really showed up to support him, with numerous media features and accolades.

This last year he approached me to help him build this latest single he's releasing, called Sunday Morning Salsa. Joe plays all Latin percussion and Joe's son Jojo is on flute – Jojo's a protege of Miami jazz flute luminary Nestor Torres.

Excellent mix and master by Galo Rivera.

anyway I think you will really enjoy this lighthearted, happy tune with some serious tumbau and yours truly holdin' down the 'teclas'. (teclas = piano)

Posted by Hugh Hitchcock on Friday, December 2, 2016

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Captain Jarvis Birthday

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Today is a really special birthday for me… I have so much to be thankful for, including all my amazing Facebook friends and the amazing platforms that allow us all to connect to each other’s lives. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time out to acknowledge our friendship.

In honor of myself having survived this long 🙂 I am going to be giving back today here on the Facebook… in the form of my musical art. Some of you know me as a software developer and others know me as a musician. Whatever I do, I am constantly creating my art in the background.

Let’s start with some of my roots and one of my original “claims to fame” lol – this song which I wrote for our original band Tymepiece with Ronald Scott and Randy Lynch and eventually was picked up by Motown producer Paul Riser and released on Noel Pointer’s big jazz/soul crossover album ‘Feel It’ on United Artists records.

The track was recorded in New York/LA by session royalty Will Lee, Eddie Bongo Brown, Quentin Dennard, Hiram Bullock, Richard Tee, Michael Boddicker, plus a full orchestra — and was the ‘most-requested’ song on WJZZ radio (Detroit) for that year.

Enjoy – more to come 😉

Posted by Hugh Hitchcock on Friday, December 2, 2016

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Captain Jarvis by Hugh Jarvis Hitchcock

composed by Hugh Jarvis Hitchcock
Performed by Noel Pointer
Produced by Paul Reiser
Released on United Artists Records
featuring:
Noel Pointer – 5-string electric violin, string arrangements and conducting
Will Lee – bass
Quentin Dennard – drums
Onaje Gumbs – fender rhodes
Hiram Bullock – guitar
Richard Tee – clavinet
Michael Boddicker – Moog, ARP 2600 synthesizers
Eddie Bongo Brown – percussion
Neil A. Clarke – percussion

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Check out my Jam Stratus-Fear with Jimi Ruccolo and Larry Hirt!

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Check out this cool jam from Hugh Jarvis Hitchcock’s debut album, FUNKMEISTER featuring my awesome friend and brother, guitarist Jimi Ruccolo and another awesome friend and brother, drummer Larry Hirt.
Happy Thanksgiving!

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Quit Cryin’ Redux!

This is a song I wrote in 1988, recorded on analog tape in 1993, brought the analog mixdown into digital in 2008 and finally remixed that and re-mastered in 2012.

The song was inspired by a recording session at Cloudborn Studio in 1978 with Lamont Johnson doing recordings for his album “Music of the Sun”. I had been brought in by my dear friend Ronrico Morris. Ron was complaining in his lovable way about not having enough money for ciggies or something, and Lamont said…

Quit Cryin’!

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So… Ron and I turned that phrase into an institution… and I ended up writing this silly song about it, years later, and it still haunts me to this day… LOL nahh it’s just a silly little ditty but it has a lot of funky chops in it… check it out. And share this!

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stepwise

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Stepwise from the album Jesse Jones Jr.: Father of Scat Hop

© copyright 2010 Funkatology Records LLC
Jesse Jones Jr.: saxophones, vocals, scat and “scat hop”
Hugh Jarvis Hitchcock (producer): drum programming, all basses, keyboards, rhythm guitars
Ike Woods: lead and rhythm guitars
Norma Hitchcock: female vocals
Dennis Sierra: lead guitars
Joe Collado: conga and latin percussion
Produced, engineered, mixed by Hugh Jarvis Hitchcock for Funkatology Records LLC

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Scat Hop Daddy

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Scat Hop Daddy from the album Jesse Jones Jr.: Father of Scat Hop

© copyright 2010 Funkatology Records LLC
Jesse Jones Jr.: saxophones, vocals, scat and “scat hop”
Hugh Jarvis Hitchcock (producer): drum programming, all basses, keyboards, rhythm guitars
Ike Woods: lead and rhythm guitars
Val Woods: female vocals
Dennis Sierra and Derek Mason: lead guitars
Joe Collado: conga and latin percussion
Produced, engineered, mixed by Hugh Jarvis Hitchcock for Funkatology Records LLC

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