“I March to the Beat of My Own Drum!”
“I March to the Beat of My Own Drum!”
Larry Woods’ extraordinary career is led by this simple statement; “I March to the Beat of My Own Drum!”. ‘Black & White’ lays evidence to that.
Known for playing jazz and using the Touch Technique, Larry chose to set-out in a new direction by making a Contemporary Pop cd using traditional style playing. “Marching to My Own Drum means I do what feels right. This felt right! I was able to deliver new and exciting music to my fans, yet maintain the high level of integrity they have come to expect”.
Obviously, Larry is Marching to the Right Drum! This is by far his most exciting and electrifying cd yet.
Larry Woods is back!
‘Black & White’ marks Larry’s triumphant return. After taking time off, Larry has returned with an exciting and invigorating sound.
GP: So why did you take so long off from the music business?
LARRY: Being known for the “Touch Technique” quite often made me larger than the music. I would fill an audience with people that were fans of what I did with a guitar more than the music I was playing. I found it frustrating that people were not coming to my concerts to hear good music, they were just there to see me play 2 guitars at the same time.
GP: So you were frustrated. What did you learn from taking time off?
LARRY: I discovered that a major source of my frustration was due to the fact that I was playing music that I didn’t have any personal connection to. I enjoy playing jazz standards but let’s be real, Autumn Leaves is older than my grandparents.
GP: So you are saying that you don’t like playing music that is old?
LARRY: No, that’s not it. It’s just that jazz is stuck in an era that I didn’t grow up in. I grew up listening to Hip Hop, Heavy Metal, and Madonna. I found it easier and more gratifying to play music I was connected to. I have never seen Charlie Parker perform Ornithology, but I have seen Madonna sing Like a Virgin (smiling).
GP: How did the title “Black & White'” come about?
LARRY: I saw the movie Casablanca. For those that have not seen Casablanca it is a classy and romantic movie. There is something about a movie being in black and white that just adds a sense of romance and sophistication. Since romance and class is what the cd is about, the title ‘Black & White’ was a perfect fit.
GP: What is your favorite song on ‘Black & White’?
LARRY: Treasure! It’s a fun song by Bruno Mars that I liked the first time I heard it. The sound reminded me of 70’s bubble gum music that I grew up listening to and loved.
GP: Your version sounds different than what’s on the radio. What did you do?
LARRY: When I made the decision to record ‘Treasure’, I chose to do a more sophisticated version. With the addition of horns, me playing live drums, and my scat singing, I feel it really brought an exciting and polished flavor to the track.
GP: So let’s talk about ‘Black & White’. It’s been said that you are adamant about it not being a smooth jazz album. Please explain.
LARRY: Smooth Jazz is Dead! Please do not call ‘Black & White’ smooth jazz. This is not the kind of music you will hear playing in the background on an elevator. Black and White is so different that is part of a whole new genre of music called PB&J (Pop, Blues & Jazz – not Peanut Butter and Jelly!). Black and White is the kind of music that will get you in trouble at work because you cannot sit still and listen to it. You will be tapping your feet and dancing in your chair to the groove.
GP: So give some final thoughts on ‘Black & White.
LARRY: ‘Black & White’ is simple. It is about Love, Fun, and Old-Fashioned Romance. It has fun up-tempo songs and lush ballads that sound like movie soundtracks. My goal was to make an album that you can play when you’re in a good mood but also would be your go to music when you want to set a romantic mood. I’m sure when you listen to this album you will agree.