Bass Legend Jeff Berlin To Release 30th Anniversary Edition 12-inch Vinyl “Joe Frazier – Round 3” Feat. Steve Vai & David Sancious!

Joe Frazier – Round 3 smokes because the players are smoking. They took a wonderful piece of music and lit a fuse under it! – Jeff Berlin

Nashville – Legendary bassist Jeff Berlin will be releasing on May 11th a 30th Anniversary Edition 12-inch vinyl of his signature song “Joe Frazier.” The EP “Joe Frazier – Round 3” will include a newly remastered version of the original song from his critically acclaimed 1987 album “Pump It!” and a completely re-imagined version, composed and performed by Jeff, Steve Vai (lead guitar), David Sancious (keys), Keith Carlock (drums) and Tom Hemby (rhythm guitar). This limited-edition EP will be available as signed audiophile vinyl, signed CD, or digital release, with collector’s editions including an autographed chart of the new arrangement. Digital “mix minus” tracks of the single will also be offered so you can play along with these iconic musicians.

Says Jeff, “’Joe Frazier’ is a song that has remained with me throughout my career. No matter where I am in the world, people ask to hear this song. 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the rendition that I recorded on my second solo record, ‘Pump It!’ While chatting about the tune with producer John McCracken, we thought to come up with a new version, calling it ‘Joe Frazier – Round 3.’ For me, this new song is almost entirely different from the previous two renditions and, quite honestly, I think that this is one of the best tunes I ever wrote.”

Bass and Keyboards: Jeff Berlin
Guitar Solo: Steve Vai
Additional Keyboards: David Sancious
Drums: Keith Carlock
Rhythm Guitars: Tom Hemby
Shakers: Gabriela Sinagra

Says Jeff, “Steve Vai’s guitar solo was searing. He showed why he is one of the greatest of the great guitarists in the world. David Sancious’ keyboards put color and style into JF. The man is a legend and helped to put the ‘orchestra’ into ‘Joe Frazier.’ Keith Carlock’s drumming is like a train clicking down the tracks. He instantly grabbed the quarter note and never let it go for over seven minutes of musical percolating. Tom Hemby is one of Nashville’s top studio guitarists. But on ‘Joe Frazier,’ he sounded like the guitarist for James Brown and AC/DC.”

“Joe Frazier – Round 3”
Written and Arranged by Jeff Berlin
© 2018 Sejavi Music BMI

Produced by: John McCracken for Headstrong Media Group
Engineered and Mixed by: John McCracken @ Studio 225 Brentwood, TN
Drums Recorded at: Velvet Cinema Studio, Franklin, TN
Mastered by: Randy Merrill @ Sterling Sound, NYC

Jeff’s Equipment: 
Markbass “Jeff Berlin” and “Players School” bass cabinets
Cort Rithimic bass
Babicz Bass Bridge
DR Bass Strings

Release date: May 11, 2018.

Five options, all accessible for purchase at:

I. The Collector’s Package
1. Signed 180g audiophile 12” vinyl EP with a newly remastered version of the original (“Joe Frazier – Round 2”) and a completely re-imagined version (“Joe Frazier – Round 3”) written and performed by Jeff and an all-star group: Steve Vai (guitar), Keith Carlock (drums), David Sancious (keys), and Tom Hemby (rhythm guitar)
2. Signed CD of both songs, and
3. A signed and dated print of the full score for “Joe Frazier – Round 3”
All of Jeff’s signatures will be original!
Available July 2018 (pre-order bonus!!: digital bundle sent to you FREE on May 11, 2018)
$39.95 + shipping and handling. International shipping available

II. “Joe Frazier” 30th-Anniversary Edition CD
This signed, special-edition CD will include a newly remastered version of “Joe Frazier – Round 2” and the all new “Joe Frazier – Round 3”
$14.95 + shipping and handling. International shipping available

III. “Joe Frazier” 30th-Anniversary Digital Bundle
This packed special-edition digital bundle will include:
1. the newly remastered “Joe Frazier – Round 2”
2. the brand new “Joe Frazier – Round 3”
3. an extra bonus track: the original “Joe Frazier – Round 2” demo
4. a digital download of the full “Joe Frazier – Round 3” score

IV. “Joe Frazier – Round 3” “Music Minus One” Alternate Mix Bundle
This interactive “Music Minus One” digital bundle will include alternate mixes of “Joe Frazier – Round 3” that allow you to play along with Jeff Berlin, Steve Vai, Keith Carlock, David Sancious, and Tom Hemby. This bundle includes the full digital score and 4 alternate mixes:
1) Minus drums
2) Minus bass
3) Minus guitars
4) Minus bass solos and guitar solos

Each of these “Music Minus” mixes is available for individual purchase ($4.99) and will also include the full digital score along with the alternate mix.

Pre-orders accepted now at:

Steve Hackett Among First Names For New Jack Bruce Tribute

An Evening For Jack, the new charity tribute to Jack Bruce to take place in London on 25 October, include his former Cream colleague Ginger Baker, his 1980s collaborator and drumming great Billy Cobham and ex-Genesis guitar virtuoso Steve Hackett. Other major names will be announced for the bill in due course.
Ginger Baker.
The concert, at the 02 Shepherds Bush Empire, will take place on the second anniversary of the great bassist, singer and songwriter’s passing. Musical direction and curation of An Evening For Jack will be by Bruce’s co-writer in Cream and elsewhere across many decades, Pete Brown, and Jack’s son and musician Malcolm Bruce. All proceeds raised will go to Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy and Jack’s favourite local charity, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

Scottish singer-songwriter Eddi Reader and widely-travelled rock guitarist Bernie Marsden are also confirmed for the line-up. Other members of the Bruce family will take part, including Jack’s granddaughter, singer Maya Sage and his nephew and bassist Iain ‘Nico’ Bruce, along with Ginger’s son and drummer, Kofi Baker.

The show will feature numerous other musicians who worked with Jack over the course of his 55-year career. These include drummer Dennis Chambers (Santana, Parliament, Funkadelic, John McLaughlin), bassist Jeff Berlin, drummer Corky Laing (Mountain and the 1970s blues-rock power trio West, Bruce & Laing), guitarist ‘Clem’ Clempson (Colosseum, Humble Pie), vocalist Gary ‘Mudbone’ Cooper (Parliament, Funkadelic) and guitarist Chris Spedding.

Malcolm Bruce, exclusively describing to uDiscover how the evening will be configured, says it will be “a chronological journey through Jack’s musical career. We’re also going to tip a hat to his formative influences, [such as] Scottish folk music — that’s where Eddi Reader comes in — and we’re going to look at some be-bop, maybe some trad jazz, and a few of the classical influences. Jack always loved Ravel and Messiaen.”

The set list will then move into Bruce’s early work in such groups as the Graham Bond Organisation, which also featured Baker, and through into his best-known period with Cream. It will then dig deep into albums from his solo catalogue, such as Songs From A Tailor, Things We Like, Harmony Row and later releases, as well as acknowledging the many collaborative groups in which he played.

Last year’s Sunshine Of Your Love concert at London’s Roundhouse starred Ginger Baker, Phil Manzanera, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Hugh Cornwell, Uli Jon Roth, Mark King of Level 42, Vernon Reid of Living Colour and many others. Within three weeks of the event, it had raised over £30,000 for EACH.
Of the upcoming tribute, Malcolm Bruce tells us: “Rather than me going ‘What song should come next?,’ the story kind of writes itself. It’s like channeling Jack, in a way. It has an arc. It’s like a family and friends type thing, but very tightly produced.”
Tickets for An Evening For Jack can be purchased here.