Groove – Episode #53: Randy George
You can love jazz. You can love classical. You can love rock. You can love it all, but playing progressive music is a whole other ball of wax (my personal opinion). So, when you get the chance to sit down and discuss just how much the bass impacts progressive music from someone who knows, lives and has worked in the genre for a long time, you jump at the opportunity.
Randy George is best known for his work in the Neal Morse Band. Together with, Morse and world-renowned drummer, Mike Portnoy, they have released eight studio albums and two cover albums. In addition, they have released over a dozen live concert DVDs and fan club releases. Randy was also a founding member of the progressive rock band, Ajalon, who captured the attention of the Prog-Rock world in 1996 when Rick Wakeman of Yes fame signed the band to his independent label, Hope Records, and the band released their first album, Light at the End of the Tunnel. Ajalon has recorded three studio albums overall.
Randy has worked with many artists including Rick Wakeman, Michael Manring, Jordan Rudess, Steve Hackett, Steve Morse, Paul Gilbert, Adrian Belew and more. If that were not enough, Randy has been involved with a number of Prog Tributes over the years. Parallels – The Music of Yes and later Squonk Genesis Tribute in Los Angeles. Most recently Randy has been showcasing The Steppes, A Tribute to the Early Albums of Steve Hackett. We recorded this conversation live in Montreal right before his gig with The Neal Morse Band.
Enjoy the conversation…