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I met Dave Schmeidler many years ago thru a mutual friend and guitar player,
Paul Miller. I had seen and heard some of Schmeidler’s work from his days
with Hoagie and The Blues Bombers and thought he was and okay guitarist
but not much more. After Paul Miller passed away, I didn’t hear or see
much of Schmeidler. Well I guess in that time he must have studied and
practiced mighty hard as the effort on his new CD shows.
On this his second Skyrats-Scraps
release he pulls out all the stops with some adventurous fretwork. Playing
in an Eric Johnson/Robben Ford style, Schmeidler shows off his adept skills
on tracks like “Blues For Sonny”, “The Geek Sheik” and “ARGHHH”. He even
makes like Zappa and the Mothers on “Morontyme”.
Helping out Schmeidler
on various instruments are Bill Ludwig, Al Hury, Fred Faller, Jim Wynne,
Pat O’Connell and Fred Barry Levenson. A well-rounded effort with some
incredible playing and jamming among the artists, the only complaint is
that the CD is a mere thirty seven minutes long.
You can catch Schmeidler
around town on his regular gig with The Buddy Hines Band or get more information
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