The project of guitarist/bassist/composer Roy Yegerman, New Jazz Spasms plays music that meets at the intersection of classic Blue Note records soul jazz and the improvisational spaces of jam bands. We endeavor to play Miles Davis like the Allman Brothers Band, Hard Bop like Booker T and The MG’s and Thelonious Monk like the Meters.
The Jazz Spasms have released two self produced CD’s. The first eponymous CD, The Jazz Spasms, featured the original compositions of guitarist/bassist Roy Yegerman.
From the first CD, The Jazz Spasms:
The second CD II-V-I (pronounced Two Five One) featured The Jazz Spasms take on classic jazz tunes by Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington and others. Here are their versions of Horace Silver’s “Song For My Father” and George Gershwin’s “Can’t Take That Away From Me”.
From the second CD: II-V-I (pronounced Two Five One)
A third CD’s worth of material has been posted to SoundCloud. This collection of tunes, called Travelogue, was inspired by Roy’s travels with his wife, Ann.
As an old DeadHead, I wanted to do my take on a Grateful Dead song and “Bird Song” has always been one of my favorites.
Finally, for My Funny Valentine, Annie.
For all our SoundCloud posting, go to https://soundcloud.com/ryeger
The New Jazz Spasms
The latest incarnation of the band features Roy Yegerman playing the Chapman Stick Guitar, an instrument invented by Emmett Chapman in the early 70’s that can best be described as a cross between a guitar, a bass and a piano. Instead of using one hand to fret the note and the other hand to pluck the string, you use one hand to tap the string at the fret. This means that you now can use both hands to play independent parts.
The video below features a quick demonstration:
Amazing Grace performed on the Chapman Stick Guitar:
The New Jazz Spasms are currently preparing to record a new CD, featuring Roy Yegerman on the Chapman Stick Guitar, tentatively titled Stick Theory.