Better Late Than Never
Hook Me Up was formed by a fusion of the existing acts Tracey D. Hooker and Studio Hook Me Up and the Jimco Trio. Tracey called Jimco and said, "Man, can you hook me up with some keyboards at my next gig? My guitar player can't make it." Jimco said O.K. and once Jimco had the opportunity to bring along his existing bassist and drummer Hook Me Up was born. At first we played a monthly gig just doing jazz and fusion covers but slowly Jimco started throwing in an original here and there. The first track Hands Down was inspired by all the pop/funk/R&B grooves Jimco had ever heard. The keyboard groove was written long before the melody was attached. Untitled was originally conceived as a vocal tune but since Jimco's lyrical chops are weak he kept it as an instrumental. Mind Over Matter is an honestly odd fusion of a funky A section followed by a smooth samba B section followed by a unison line at letter C which serves as an interlude when we have multiple solos. The story about Tune 44 is that it was inspired by an old Jeff Lorber Fusion funk tune of the mid-1970's called Tune 88. Jimco thinks his tune is, at best, only about half as good so he calls this one Tune 44. The bass line for The First Impression bounced around with Jimco for a couple of years before he got off his duff and wrote the rest of the tune. The title came from one of those "fatherly chats" Jimco was having with his teenage son when he found himself saying, "Well you know, you only have one chance to make.....". That chat what was on Jimco's mind when he named this tune. The intro groove for Up and Runnin' was something Jimco played when he wanted to get some attention for the keyboards when sound checking before a gig. Admit it, it's an infectious groove, no? How it wound up having a very slow middle and a latin coda just points to how scattered Jimco is when he's writing. It's all in your head is an un-official tribute to Carlo Antonio Jobim. As you can also tell Jimco likes to write unison lines. He also found this tune real hard to solo over.......so he gave that job to Tracey Hooker. Jimco played a few gigs in the winter of 2007/2008 in a reggae band. Out of that experience came Intro to Akana. Another display of unison writing is on display here. The band instantly loved playing this tune. Jimco loves The Crusaders and Booker T and the MG's. Stompin' is a result of that love. The Harvard St. Shuffle was written way back in the sunny spring of 1985 while walking to class at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Wa. After penning the tune Jimco heard a sax player named Darren Motamedy perform at the first Taste of Tacoma summer festival no long afterward. He always thought that if he ever got to record this shuffle that Motamedy would be the man to perform the melody. Well all that happened but it took 23 years to do it.