Feel the Concept
GT Jam was born in June of 2005, formed by five Mid-Michigan musicians who longed to play original, instrumental jazz . Leaning on their funk, blues, gospel, rock and jazz roots, they set out to compose the music that has been floating in their heads for years; Funky, soulful sax jazz, with an old school feel. The music is exciting, mature, and it makes you feel good. GT Jam is: Gerald Palmer...guitar Tom Barsheff...saxes John Johnson...drums and percussion Art Longue'mire...keyboards Marco Franco...bass guitar 'FEEL THE CONCEPT' was a 13 month labor of love for us. We challenged each other in the studio to get the best out of everyone. 'Feel The Concept' begins with a couple rowdy and funky tunes with, 'Midnite' and 'Icecube On The Sun.' These 2 songs are special to us as they were the result of our very first rehearsal together. Gerald started this little guitar thing and it evolved into, 'Midnite.' John started a funky drum pattern, and 'Icecube...' was born. Tom's blistering sax calms down a little as he narrates, 'Stay' and the sexy, 'Out Of The Hat.' Marco's funky, 'Whaddit Sound Like' has that old school 'Superfly' sound. 'Teaser' is a real challenge for us all to play live because of it's sharp tempo changes and the always fun 5/4 section. Our only vocal tune, 'Let's Don't Fight' is sung by Art and has become an anthem for the band when folks need to chill. 'King's Korner' has an interesting story (you'll have to ask the band) It's got a little taste of Motown in it, then we rev into the super-funky, 'Sure Feels Good.' Tom and Art would serenade the band, warming-up at practice with a song eventually named, 'Tuff Day'. Another interesting story behind, 'Calm Before The Storm' as John tries his hand at producing the song titles. 'Calm Before The Storm' is the song that seems to get the most airplay on our very supportive local jazz programs. We finish-up the disc with a toe-tappin', island-beat tune called 'Payoff'. Since all of our songs are primarily instrumentals, it was always fun to come up with a name for each one. All 12 songs were recorded live with a few overdubs. GT Jam are all family men and good friends. Their approach to GT Jam is to have fun, challenge each other and tell a story with their instruments. Their debut CD release, "Feel the Concept" features 12 original and diverse arrangements from strait out thumpin' funk, to sexy old school R&B. Songs from, 'Feel The Concept' have been featured on four local jazz programs and used for radio station advertising and bumper music.