Tommy Bolin Paid Tribute On ‘Great Gypsy Soul’ Album
February 21, 2012
In the annals of rock history, Tommy Bolin occupied a brief, but shining stint as a brilliant guitarist who wowed those in the know with his mastery of many genres — rock, fusion, funk, reggae and heavy metal among others. Along with a much lauded solo career that, pushed the boundaries of rock/jazz fusion, Bolin played with The James Gang and Deep Purple which set him up for major solo guitar stardom which was cut short by his untimely death in 1976.
Not to be overlooked, there’s been much written about the guitar wunderkind and now a top notch roster of players have signed on to pay tribute to Bolin on ‘Great Gypsy Soul’. Produced by Greg Hampton and Warren Haynes, it’s a remarkable project that brings together major players who actually perform alongside Tommy Bolin’s playing and vocals from the recording outtakes to his solo debut album ‘Teaser’.
Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes (a key supporter of the project), Nels Cline, Steve Lukather, Steve Morse, Brad Whitford, Joe Bonamassa, John Scofield, Derek Trucks, Glenn Hughes and Myles Kennedy all contribute to this amazing project. ‘Great Gypsy Soul’ will be released on 429 Records on March 27th in both a single CD format and double CD with bonus tracks. A series of promotional concerts are also in the works. For more information visit www.429records.com.
Tommy Bolin was the quintessential guitar prodigy who focused his talents within the burgeoning rock/metal scenes of the early 70’s as well as mastered a highly lauded jazz fusion technique catching the attention of rock tastemakers and guitar legend peers. It was just a matter of time before Bolin was making a name for himself playing on projects as diverse as Billy Cobham’s Spectrum project (considered one of the great jazz fusion recordings of all time), replacing Joe Walsh in the James Gang, playing session work on seminal fusion projects by Moxy and Alphonse Mouzon, to replacing Ritchie Blackmore in Deep Purple. With the release of his second solo album ‘Private Eyes’, what should have been a red letter moment for Bolin, opening up for Jeff Beck in Miami, sadly turned tragic as Bolin was found dead of an overdose shortly after the gig.
Says Warren Haynes, “Many of the guests added after the fact have a close personal connection to Tommy — all share in acknowledging his place in rock history. Watching (and hearing) it all come to fruition some 35 years later was a journey of its own — well worth the travel.”
‘Great Gypsy Soul’ Track Listing:
The Grind w/ Peter Frampton
easer w/ Warren Haynes
Dreamer w/ Myles Kennedy and Nels Cline
Savannah Woman w/ John Scofield
Smooth Fandango w/ Derek Trucks
People People w/ Big Sugar and Gordie Johnson
Wild Dogs w/ Brad Whitford
Homeward Strut w/ Steve Lukather
Sugar Shack w/ Glenn Hughes and Sonny Landreth
Crazed Fandango w/ Steve Morse
Lotus w/ Joe Bonamassa, Glenn Huges and Nels Cline
‘Great Gypsy Soul’ Bonus CD:
Flying Fingers w/ Oz Noy and Nels Cline
Marching Bag – Movement One w/ Nels Cline, Bolin, Greg Hampton, John Scofield, Sonny Landreth
Marching Bag – Movement Two w/ Nels Cline, Bolin, Steve Lukather, Derek Trucks, Peter Frampton
Marching Bag – Movement Three w/ Gordie Johnson, Bolin, Nels Cline, Oz Noy, Steve Lukather, Steve Morse, Joe Bonamassa
Marching Bag – Movement Four w/ Nels Cline, Bolin, Warren Haynes, Joe Bonamassa, Oz Noy, Brad Whitford, Peter Frampton
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