North Beach Jazz
The mention of Jazz greats like Coltrane and Stan Getz bring Steve MacKay back to memories of his mother's 10" record collection. Add some Junior Walker to the mix and one begins to scratch the surface of the sounds that inspired North Beach Jazz. Steve MacKay-legendary saxophonist with the Stooges, Commander Cody, Violent Femmes and Snakefinger-enlisted the bass thunder of Mike Watt (Minutemen/Firehose) along with Marc Lampert, Dick Deluxe and Jeremy Long from Carnal Kitchen on North Beach Jazz. The album reflects a young Steve MacKay's Jazz influences as well as the music of the golden era of San Francisco's North Beach. This is Mackay's most Jazz-oriented album to date, a departure from his more familiar Punk Rock and Free Jazz output.