I was aiming for that warm sound of the first Wes Montgomery Trio
records, but based around the blues. For too long I've been hearing
guitarists treat the blues as a museum piece and I wanted to put
the jewel into a new setting and break away from the clichés.'
is just what Andy has achieved on this superbly atmospheric collection
of instrumentals released on Into The Red Records.
arranger, engineer, guitar player, composer, singer and bandleader,
Andy Parker is one of the most respected personalities plying his
trade in and around the recording studios and live venues of London
and beyond. If we were to sketch his family tree we would find his
roots in the blues and dub mixing scene and branches into country
and jazz, pop, bubblegum and beyond.
range from Rod Argent to Robert Forster, the majestic Lee 'Scratch'
Perry and young lions such as Dawna Lee, as well as a host of others.
Andy's acute musical sensibility has meant that he has been able
to glide effortlessly betwixt and between genres with consummate
ease and authenticity.
the heart of London's wild West End, he entered the business early,
managing legendary Soho folk and blues venue Bunjies whilst still
in his teens.
on to serve his recording apprenticeship in Dalston's pioneering
Pyramid Arts Studio, at a time when east London was the centre of
the UK reggae scene and, with local rivals Adrian Sherwood's On-U
Sounds, they dominated the sound.