Prog Super Session
For these sessions, Grubbs, who has been prominently featured in national and international publications such as Guitar World, Guitar FPM and Guitar (Japan), has enlisted an array of well-known musical artists to record on his new CD.
“I am very excited about how the CD is coming out!”, says Grubbs . “It's even better than I hoped. I feel like I have achieved a nice balance between chops and composition. The CD is to me the culmination of all my years in music to this point – I have worked really hard to make the best album I can with no concessions towards trends, genres or anything else."
Derek Sherinian from prog-rock giants Dream Theater and Planet X appears on three tracks. “He is truly a world class musician and a total pro,” compliments Grubbs. “He has a fantastic sense of melody and the technical ability to play anything. Derek is also an extremely cool guy who's very easy to work with and completely down to earth.”
Also legendary Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention keyboardist Don Preston has lent a hand. Preston, who is best known for his work with Zappa, Carla Bley, The Residents, Grande Mothers, and John Carter, as well as a his own solo work, will be recording his signature keyboards on a track. “Don Preston's contribution is amazing!,” Grubbs exclaims. “He is playing better than ever as well as being a legend – I feel like I have a Beatle on my disc!”
Also featured on the new Todd Grubbs CD is Chris Poland of rock legends Megadeath and OHM. “Getting Chris to do a guitar solo was a big deal for me as he is one of my absolute favorite current players”, says Grubbs.
Other musicians that appear: “John Wesley (Porcupine Tree) and Ralph Santolla (Obituary) are good friends of mine as well as being incredible players,” says Todd, “and they both made contributions to this project.”; Mark Prator of Iced Earth/John Wesley and Sean Malone of Gordian Knot also contribute drums and bass respectively to several tracks. “Sean is one of the best bass players around with an innate musical sense and chops for days, “raves Grubbs. “Mark plays some great drums on a number of tracks and is also mixing the CD. Mark is a musical giant!”; Also, Patrick Bettison of Acoustic Alchemy, who Grubbs describes as a brilliant musician with a great sound and feel, plays bass on a few songs.
Last but not least, Jeff Henry (Drums) and Alan Tatum (Bass), current Todd Grubbs Group members both made large contributions to the new CD and will be the backbone of the live shows in 2008.
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