Snarl Some Piano

by Howe Gelb

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Snarlin' 01:41
Flow So Slow 04:47
Spiraled 03:51
Better Man 04:50
Vintage Ride 05:03
Melted Wires 02:55
Ample 06:48


this record is the 4th in my endless piano triology.

once completed, its usefulness was realized. stuck in rush hour one afternoon, this record fused nicely with the choke hold of commute and served the drive well by ridding the ride of traffic snarl. it can now be recommend as a handy tool when transit is seized by gridlock. play this thing to get the traffic flowing again. the barriers of roadway clot bend with recourse of mood change and here is where we might as well offer a money back guarantee.

another ingredient worth mentioning is that this record employs a form of improvisation, making up songs in the moment of impact, never intended to be played again. they are a chance dance of the fingers, choreographed for the instant incident, captured for the re-visitation by what recording was ever meant to me; a record of what happened on that day.

the particular sound of the piano was due to the laying on of 3 guitar pick-ups across random strings so as to allow a dimensional effect. sorry if it perturbs some tender lobes, but it turns out to be very useful within the snarl of traffic.

the first 7 tracks are recorded with peter dombernowsky on drums and thøger t. lund on upright bass, at wavelab studios in tucson, AZ by chris schultz in january 2010.

track 8 was done at home on my 1888 88s, with peter on cajon and thøger on upright bass and track editing. no guitar pick-ups were utilized. it should be noted the piano is tuned a whole step down as was per intended by manufacturer before the standard of ‘concert pitch’ was instigated in the early 1900s. therefore C is really Bb.

the final 2 tracks are with thøger on bass again, but feature john convertino on drums and jacob valenzuela on trumpet for track 10. this session was a missing track from the ‘melted wires’ recordings that can be found at our web site for further investigation.

i hope you will be happy with the quality of our product. we aim to please. especially, as in this case, when stuck in snarl.

- howe gelb


released May 6, 2011

all songs written by howe gelb
2011 © scatterland by little darlin’ BMI


track # 1,2 & 4 by thøger t. lund, peter dombernowsky, and howe gelb

artwork Nicola Freegard


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