|Kramer — The Brill Building(2012)|
Kramer — The Brill Building
Location: New York City
Album release: September 25, 2012
Record Label: Tzadik
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Catalog ID: TZA-CD-7412
01. He Hit Me 3:42
02. Do Wah Diddy Diddy 3:34
03. Baby It's You 4:42
04. Spanish Harlem 4:42
05. I Love How You Love Me 4:32
06. I Want Candy 4:27
07. Save the Last Dance For Me 3:05
08. Cherry Cherry 4:29
09. On Broadway 4:40
10. Paradise 4:19
• Kramer - all voices, instruments
• Jad Fair - lead vocals
• Mike Jones - piano
• Daniel C. Smith - lead vocals
• R. Stevie Moore - lead vocals, guitar, drums
√ THE BRILL BUILDING (TZADIK RECORDS 2012) Commissioned by John Zorn for Kramer's 3rd release on Tzadik, an entire CD of cover songs written by songwriters in the Brill Building between 1960 & & 1966, including hits and obscurities by Carol King, Phil Spector, Phil Ramone, Neil Diamond, Burt Bacharach, Doc Pomus, Lieber & Stoller and others... 10 songs chosen by Kramer, produced and recorded at Kramer's NOISE MIAMI in his South Florida home, performed and sung in his own inimitable style. This will be Kramer's very first full-length CD comprised solely of "covers"...available now on iTunes, with very special guests JAD FAIR, R. STEVIE MOORE, MIKE JONES, and DANIEL C SMITH (aka; Brother Danielson) // Website: http://www.secondshimmy.com/
01 - HE HIT ME (goffin-king)
02 - DOO WAH DIDDY (barry-greenwich)
03 - BABY IT'S YOU (bacharach-david-williams)
04 - SPANISH HARLEM (spector-lieber)
05 - I LOVE HOW YOU LOVE ME (kolber-mann)
06 - I WANT CANDY (berns-feldman-goldstien-gotteher)
07 - SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME (pomus-shuman)
08 - CHERRY CHERRY (diamond)
09 - ON BROADWAY (mann-weil-lieber-stoller)
10 - PARADISE (botkin-garfield-nilsson-spector)
√ Produced & Engineered by KRAMER at Noise Miami (2005-2012)
√ Mastered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk
√ All Vocals, Instruments and Arrangements by KRAMER (except as follows):
√ Heartfelt Special Thanks...
√ to R. STEVIE MOORE for playing, singing and leading the way on SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME (basic tracks recorded at RSM's home studio).
√ to MIKE JONES for playing piano and leading the way on ON BROADWAY (piano recorded at The Slammer, Las Vegas).
√ to JAD FAIR for singing ON BROADWAY (vocals recorded at Jad's home, Texas).
√ to DANIEL SMITH for singing PARADISE (vocals recorded at Virginia's, NYC).
√ to MACIOCE for his Photography, as always.
√ to Emma Trelles & Emma Quintanilla for their Cubano translation of CHERRY CHERRY ... and to John Zorn, brother.
• Burt Bacharach Composer
• Jeff Barry Composer
• Bert Berns Composer
• Botkin Composer
• Heung-Heung "Chippy" Chin Design
• Hal David Composer
• Neil Diamond Composer
• Jad Fair Vocal Engineer, Vocals
• Bob Feldman Composer
• Gil Garfield Composer
• Gerry Goffin Composer
• Jerry Goldstein Composer
• Richard Gottehrer Composer
• Ellie Greenwich Composer
• Scott Hull Mastering
• Mike Jones Piano
• Carole King Composer
• Kolber Composer
• Kramer Arranger, Engineer, Musician, Producer, Vocals
• Jerry Leiber Composer
• Michael Macioce Photography
• Barry Mann Composer
• R. Stevie Moore Drums, Engineer, Guitar, Vocals
• Harry Nilsson Composer
• Doc Pomus Composer
• Emma Quintanilla Translation
• Mort Shuman Composer
• Kazumori Sigiyama Associate Producer
• Daniel C. Smith Vocals
• Phil Spector Composer
• Mike Stoller Composer
• Emma Trelles Translation
• Cynthia Weil Composer
• Barney Williams Composer
• John Zorn Executive Producer
Biography by Steve Huey
√ Best known as the in-house producer and proprietor of the Shimmy-Disc label, Kramer (first name Mark) has also had an extensive career as a musician, mostly with other bands or collaborators, but occasionally solo as well. Born in 1958, Kramer initially chose film school as his creative path, but wound up dropping out twice; instead, he worked as a sound engineer for several late-'70s New York bands and eventually joined the band that became Eugene Chadbourne's Shockabilly as a bass player and sometime organist. Upon Shockabilly's mid-'80s dissolution, Kramer served a brief stint as the Butthole Surfers' touring bassist, then decided to concentrate on running his Shimmy-Disc label and Noise New York (later Noise New Jersey) recording studio. As well as being a member of the twistedly humorous bands B.A.L.L. (later Gumball) and Bongwater, Kramer produced acts ranging from the label's own GWAR and King Missile to Galaxie 500, Urge Overkill, Half Japanese, Daniel Johnston, Fred Frith, Palace Brothers, Low, and Royal Trux, while also releasing albums by Ween, the Boredoms, John Zorn's Naked City, Damon & Naomi, and many more.
From the late '80s on, Kramer was a highly active collaborator, releasing projects with Jad Fair of Half Japanese, John S. Hall of King Missile, Ralph Carney and Daved Hild, ex-Gong frontman Daevid Allen, ex-King Missile member Dogbowl, ex-Soft Machine bassist Hugh Hopper, and Captain Howdy, a band featuring magician Penn Jillette on vocals and cartoon voice-over master Billy West (Ren & Stimpy, etc.) on guitar. Kramer's solo career began in 1993 with the release of The Guilt Trip, which was followed in 1994 with The Secret of Comedy and 1995's Japanese-only Music for Crying; the albums combined Kramer's warped humor with his ample production skills and (sometimes) pop songwriting sense. In 1998, Kramer returned to solo recording with Songs from the Pink Death on Shimmy-Disc and Let Me Explain Something to You About Art on Tzadik. A second Kramer release on Tzadik, The Greenberg Variations, arrived in 2003. / Birth name: Mark Bonner, then Mark Kramer
√ Kramer was born in 1958 in New York City to a single Jewish mother. His birth father was Joey Bonner, a record promoter during the 1960s and 70s who was once the tour manager for Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin and other soul/R&B artists of the era. √ At age 2, Kramer was adopted by Gary & Rosalyn Kramer of Long Island; Kramer did not learn of his origins until 2008.
√ Through his birth father, who died in 2007, Kramer has mixed African American, Polish and Native American ancestry. Kramer has an older brother by birth, from the same set of parents, who was a senior VP in charge of radio promotions at New York City's Jive Records. Kramer's great-great-great-grandfather Essex Bonner fought in an all-black battalion in the US Civil War, and his great-grandmother Pinky Gowakawa was a full-blooded Native American from a tribe based in Virginia.
√ Kramer's adoptive father, Gary Kramer, sold cars, while Rosalyn Kramer was a Long Island housewife who worked sometimes as a bookkeeper. Kramer graduated from Sachem High School in 1976, then moved to New York City, where he would remain a resident until 2003, living mostly in the Tribeca district.
Early music career:
√ Kramer's first experience in the New York music scene came when he played in the band New York Gong (later renamed "Material"), led by Daevid Allen, in 1979 and 1980. Kramer played organ on one song on their 1979 album About Time.
√ In 1980, Kramer joined the band The Chadbournes, led by Eugene Chadbourne, which also included David Licht, Tom Cora and John Zorn. They played together until 1982.
Family and personal life:
√ Kramer's first marriage was in 1982, ending with divorce in 1994. Kramer has one daughter, Tess, born March 1992.
√ In 2005, Kramer married artist/painter Valerie Zars; it was the second marriage for both of them. The wedding took place in Penn Jillette's Las Vegas backyard, with James Randi officiating. Master magician Jamy Ian Swiss was best man.
• 1992 The Guilt Trip Shimmy Disc
• 1994 Secret of Comedy Shimmy Disc
• 1998 Let Me Explain Something to You About Art Tzadik
• 1998 Songs From the Pink Death Shimmy Disc
• 2003 The Greenberg Variations Tzadik
• 2012 The Brill Building Tzadik
|Kramer — The Brill Building(2012)|