12/12/2021 - Tritones 2021 - Rehearsal 9

Tritones at Dana Thalheimer's House
This was one of our last two rehearsals for the prep for the 2021 version of the one gig that this band has. We were out for quite a long time due to COVID, but we got back together in the fall of 2021 and started putting together our setlist again and remembering how to play our instruments. We had quite a long setlist this time and really got our act together regarding beginnings and endings. Many arrangements were provided and custom charts were written. This was with the Zoom H4n and I am impressed how good the recording quality came out. Danas basement has a great room to record in actually.

11/21/2021 - Gato Maestro - Rehearsal 61

Gato Maestro at Ben's House
A varied and composite production on this rehearsal after a long break. We had not gotten together to jam since September due to COVID and peoples life things. One thing led to another and it ended up being months before we reassembled the band. I blame a lack of gigs. Anyway, with no particular agenda in mind, we ended up having a super tight instrumental jam that went into Force of Nature. We hit a couple of the old standbys like All I Can See and Feel Like Makin Love. But most of our time was spent learning this Nina Simone song Feelin Good. This is a nice addition to our repitoire.

09/19/2021 - Gato Maestro - Love Bug

Gato Maestro at Ben's House
This was a jam that we decided to turn into a song. Initially, we felt it was a bit too much like Home At Last by Steely Dan, but we got our act together and turned it into something we can own. There are quite a few tracks in this collection because there were quite a few run-throughs trying to get the parts exactly right... and coming up with parts in the first place. The last two tracks are the best ones to listen to if you are just passing through.

08/05/2021 - Gato Maestro @ Glass Jug II

Gato Maestro at The Glass Jug Beer Lab
This is the second time the folks at the Glass Jug Beer Lab have been nice enough to let us come out. Ben was foolish in that he forgot to start the recorder until the second set was about to begin, but at least we got sets 2 and 3 recorded that night. There was a nice, focused group of about 40-50 people there all enjoying the tunes. We were extraordinarily quiet compared to some other shows we have played. I remember thinking that while playing and the recording definitely shows it. This is a live cut, meaning there are crowd noises surrounding all the songs, but they are still indexed such that you can find what you want.

08/01/2021 - Gato Maestro - Rehearsal 60 - For Glass Jug

Gato Maestro at Ben's House
Another one in prep for our gig at the Glass Jug on August 5th. Very very solid rehearsal. Covered a wide array of tunes, even the guitar tunes. We found confidence in our ability to execute these songs as a band in this rehearsal. Also we had a bit of fun messing around of course, too. Came up with the idea of an A Capella ending to Lean on Me.

07/25/2021 - Gato Maestro - Rehearsal 59

Gato Maestro at Ben's House
We have a gig on 8/5, which is coming up fast. So we have started to dig back deeper into the book and look at tunes we have not played for quite some time. Aside from that, there was a fanastically funky jam with Justin groovin it out on the upper part of the neck on bass, Ben on melodica and Kyle going crazy on the drums, and of course Paul on the shaker. Groove girl and 1-2-3 are both insanely good in this particular rehearsal. Lets Stay Together needed a refresh on the string part for Ben as usual. We also do some unusual things on the form in Mercy Mercy Mercy.

07/11/2021 - So Many Gatos and So Few Maestros

Ben's House
Mr. Pickett was unable to attend this particular event. I am running out of creative names for when its just the instrumental section or when we are missing a player. We were a bit unfocused this time. We did get through several songs with Kyle doing his best on vocals. This is the first time Ben played bass on Soulshine, too, which is a momentous occasion. We also ran through all the instrumentals that we have lined up and prepped. There were also some TITE jams of course. We also played ROOSTER, which has not seen the light of day in several years. Recommend adding it back to the setlist.

06/27/2021 - Gato Maestro - Rehearsal 58

Gato Maestro at Ben's House
We spent some heavy time on Naima and Work Song on this one. Work Song is still a mess and we need to get the ending right. Naima is really coming together and has a nice texture change for us, but it needs to tighten up. It was good to get everybody back together again.

06/13/2021 - Gato No Maestro

Ben's House
Master Chase could not join this particular session for various reasons. We decided to focus on instrumentals. Some highlights of this particular day were our first time through Im Sentimental for You and K-Paz and several very energetic jams.

06/06/2021 - Gato Rehearsal - Rehearsal 57 - Naima

Gato Maestro at Ben's House
Having finished the book, we decided to dedicate some time to the lesser-played tunes. The tunes that need love. That said, we also spent a fair amount of time working on a new version of Naima. We had worked on this in the past, prior to COVID, but it was in a bizarre time signature and we could not make it work. We put it into a Latin-feel 4-4 and it seems to work OK. We also resurrected Good Question. Chase had to leave but the instrumentalists stayed to run the instrumental tunes at the end.