Rose Band Thanks Fans For Support In Making Album Violin-based Group At Deze's Tomorrow

October 26, 1990|By Michael R. Driscoll | Michael R. Driscoll,Staff writer

Like the gentlemanly rockers they are, the David Rose Band is coming back to the county to say, "Thanks for all your help."

The 4-year-old band, led by former CBS and RCA recording artist David Rose on the violin, will be at Deze's Restaurant in Edgewater tomorrow from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

There they plan to celebrate the release of their newly completed second album, "Harbortown," with the fans whom Rose credits as being a big part of the album's development.

The album, recorded on the band's own DRB Records Inc., took about 15 months, including a four-month layoff when the money for the project ran out, and some 300 hours of studio time to create.

In the band's early days, the members financed their debut album, "Halfway to Love," in much the same way as "Harbortown." In the future, Rose said, "we'll get the money first" before starting a recording project.

Initially budgeted at $15,000, the project eventually required about $25,000, which the band raised from family, friends and fans, here and in Pennsylvania. The total includes almost $12,000 from Anne Arundel.

"We've had a lot of support from around here," Rose said, "Maybe the album's name, 'Harbortown,' reflects that."

The band has been playing in and around Annapolis so much over the last four years that Rose said, "We're practically a local band. Playing here is like coming home."

Rose also singled out Annapolis Music Scene Editor Larry Freed and his staff for their help in getting the album recorded.

Freed, who also has promoted concerts featuring Rose, said his interest was both professional and personal -- he simply likes the band's music.

"Originally, it was the newness of his style of music playing that intrigued me, especially having the electric violin in the forefront. Plus, it was the combination of what good people these guys are, and simply liking their music," Freed said.

The band includes bassist Kimbo Reichley, David "Chaumper" Chaump on keyboards, guitarist Tim Breon and newcomer Steve "Hackey" Hackenberg on the drums. They have also put their time, energies and money on the line to make this album.

"Harbortown" consists entirely of "original rock," a term Rose prefers, due to the eclectic nature of his musical influences, ranging from rock fiddler Papa John Creach of the Jefferson Airplane to such jazz violinists as Jean-Luc Ponty and Stephane Grappelli.

Originally trained as a classical musician, Rose moved into rock and roll during college. Inspired by some of the more unconventional rock groups, such as Jethro Tull and Traffic, which featured wind instruments, he decided, partly for economic reasons, to keep playing the violin.

Musically, the album is a mixed bag, ranging from basically innocuous vocals to good instrumentals, including some riveting drum work on "The Emmy Grey," the last song on the first side, and a solid second side.

As a singer, Rose is no great shakes. His voice is not unpleasant, but it tends to get buried inside the music. Instead, like his colleagues, his strength is his instrumental work.

To sum up, "Harbortown" is a superb collection of top regional performers offering some of the liveliest, most tightly knit and exciting music to come down the pike in a very long time.

Asked why the county has done so well by Rose and his colleagues, the 43-year-old Pennsylvania native speculated that perhaps his "violin has something to do with it."

"The Annapolis (area) audiences are pretty sophisticated, and familiar with jazz violinists like Jean-Luc Ponty and Stephane Grappelli," he explained.

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