Rock Rebel Magazine
conducted an interview with legendary keyboardist Don Airey
, OZZY OSBOURNE
) on March 16 at Angelo Azzurro in Genova, Italy. You can now watch the chat below.
recently released his new solo album, "Keyed Up"
, via Music Theories Recordings
has played with pretty much everyone worth playing with, and is currently working and touring with DEEP PURPLE
. This new solo CD draws from a range of influences from his past. And while he has a solid band, there are a few notable guests appearing on the album, including one of the last pieces of work by the late Gary Moore
mixes jazz, rock and blues, and some instrumental passages allow some rightly deserved self-indulgence from Don
; whether intricate playing or use of effects, it's all enjoyable.
One of the highlights of the album is a remake of RAINBOW
's "Difficult To Cure"
. While it lacks Ritchie Blackmore
's finesse, the guitar sounds fantastic and Don
's keyboards are bright. The programmed orchestral break is a good touch too. "Mini Suite"
sees some good guitar interplay, before switching to piano. There are touches of Gary Moore
here, and more on "Adagio"
, where his guitar work stands out.
The band on this record was Don Airey
on keyboards, Darrin Mooney
) on drums, Laurence Cottle
on bass, Rob Harris
) on guitar and Carl Sentance
on vocals. Guest performers include the aforementioned Gary Moore
, Graham Bonnet
, Simon MacBride
, Alex Meadows
and Tim Goodyer
. The engineer was Ewan Davies
said: "I loved having the responsibility of pulling together the sessions at Chapel Studios
"The album was basically laid down live, no overdubs, no redoing; we don't do filesharing.
"There are wonderful musicians on this record. I call them 'the band that never was,' as it's a true pleasure to work together, but opportunities are so limited.
"Being in a band like DEEP PURPLE
, especially with the success we've had [last] year, should be enough; but I need another outlet.
"Some of the music is straight-ahead rock, a tribute to where I've come from, but there's variety — 'Blue Rondo A La Turk'
was the piece I played on my first radio performance aged 14. There are plenty of weird sounds too, most from the Hammond; a lot of it wasn’t planned, I just got carried away with the moment!"
01. 3 In The Morning
02. Beat The Retreat
03. Blue Rondo A La Turk
04. Solomon’s Song
05. Claire D'Loon
06. Flight Of Inspiration
08. The Godbox
09. Difficult To Cure 2013
10. Mini Suite
b) Restless Spirit
c) What Went Wrong
* featuring Gary Moore
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