Had a lovely time this week with David Sparr and the folks at Temple Ohabei Shalom getting together the Reggae Shabbat service. We had one rehearsal without the rhythm section and then – boom! – Reggae Shabbot on Friday night. The event was in honor of David who has been phenomenal as Music Director at TOS for 18 amazing years. I was honored to play a small part, and it was tremendously fun, too.
The rhythm section was greatly enhanced by Danny “Mo” Morris on bass, bassist for the James Montgomery Blues Band and the Jon Pousette-Dart band, and Tony “Thunder” Smith who played with Lou Reed and recorded with Jeff Beck, Jan Hammer, Papa John Creach, Santana, John McLaughlin, and many others. We definitely rocked the house. Leave it to David Sparr to pull something fantastic together. As was remarked later at the oneg after the service, he has unparalleled attention to detail and (if I may add) boundless energy.
I was up in the corner in the horn section, blending. That’s what you do: blend. I did it pretty well, considering. 🙂