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Jeff PikeBy Jeff Pike
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Jeff PikeBy Jeff Pike
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About

Ross, Gino and Joe Vannelli back in the day - The 1970's
Ross, Gino and Joe Vannelli back in the day - The 1970's

A sophisticated late-night jazz CD of newly arranged classic compositions by Gino Vannelli and sung by Jeff Pike.

"This will be an album of special songs to spend a quiet evening with, sipping tea or reflecting, or sitting with a friend or lover. As close to audio art as we can get." - Gino Vannelli

                                                  A SHORT OVERVIEW  

Greetings friends,
      My name is Jeff Pike, and I am blessed to have the rare opportunity of a lifetime for a career musician such as myself. Over the past few years, I have had the chance to study voice, production, and songwriting under the excellent guidance of world-renowned vocalist, entertainer, producer and composer, Gino Vannelli. During the summer of 2017, I approached him with an offer to produce my next project. He countered my proposal with an even more compelling offer, which is why I am here today with you.

This past summer for my 2017 vocal masterclass, I decided to record one of Gino's compositions, 'Father and Son', taken from his 1975 critically acclaimed album, 'Storm at Sunup.' Before our session, Gino contacted me stating that since the song was composed when he was 23, he felt compelled to rework some of the lyrics and the arrangement. The purpose was to bring the song up to date with where he stands today as an artist and as a man.

After our completed sessions, Gino related to me that there are songs in his back catalog he has wanted to revisit and re-record himself, much in the same manner in which we recorded 'Father and Son.' Unfortunately, his schedule has consistently not allowed him the luxury to pursue the project. After reflecting upon our work together in the masterclasses he went on to say that he now feels that he would be completely creatively satisfied if he were to produce me singing the new arrangements of these very special songs. Each song will contain some slight lyric changes and a new, sophisticated, easy listening jazz arrangement by Gino. The instrumentation will consist mainly of piano, bass, vocals, saxophone, harmonica, strings, woodwinds, guitar and some backing vocals. Gino, himself and musicians from Gino's band, will perform the material and I will sing the lead vocal. The recording will take place at Gino's private studio in Oregon and Gino will produce.

In essence, this is a unique and new Gino Vannelli album. Complete with updated lyrics and musical arrangements of some of his older material, performed by members of his band and produced by Gino. The difference is that I have the responsibility of the lead vocal. The only problem here is that since I have no major record deal, I have to come up with all of the money to fund the project. 

So make no doubt about it. I cannot achieve this goal without your help. "Memories of Life and Times" is a once in a lifetime chance for me to be part of a beautiful and unique project. It is yours also. It can be ours.

 All of the money raised will go exclusively to cover the cost of the recording, production, mastering of 12 songs and the compensation of Gino and his musicians. My company 'Jeff Pike Music' will be picking up the manufacturing, marketing/promotion, and distribution costs. With that said, however, we do realize that like with any project the costs could unexpectedly add up, so going over our requested target amount would be a significant relief and an incredible added blessing. 

Below is my entire story complete with songs and videos. I believe it is a compelling story and I feel that you will also. It is important to understand that funding on Kickstarter is an all or nothing venture. Unless I meet my goal then no funds are collected and I am back to square one. So After reading, watching and listening, I do hope you will decide to join me on this beautiful journey. Let's do this thing together.

 Thank you for the music,
                    Jeff 

                                            THE COMPLETE STORY

I will start by telling you this. Music has been my world and my passion for as long as I can remember. My parents can tell you stories of me giving performances long before I started school. Stage time that is way too far back for me even to recall. In fact, somewhere my Mom has a reel to reel recording of me singing Harry Belafonte songs quite well when I was only two years old. 

Me and my little brother Pat performing in our backyard sometime in the very early 70's or late 60's
Me and my little brother Pat performing in our backyard sometime in the very early 70's or late 60's

Music has been and remains the driving force of my passion, spirit, life path and career. It has given me countless blessings, as well as many heartaches and sacrifices, and yet, she is the mistress to whom I always return. Throughout my life, I have been profoundly influenced by numerous artists from different genres. There are, however, a very select few whose artistic work and life path I hold far above the rest and to whom I am fiercely loyal. Gino Vannelli tops that list, and he has done so since I first heard his music in 1975. The artistic, vocal, musical production and sophisticated compositional brilliance of his music have moved me in a way like no other artists work ever has.

 

 

Gino Vannelli working in the studio during our 2016 masterclass
Gino Vannelli working in the studio during our 2016 masterclass

In the summer of 2012, I had the rare opportunity to attend vocal and songwriting masterclasses given by Gino Vannelli. I returned in 2016 and 2017 to take part in his vocal and production masterclasses. These classes fueled an astounding experience of education and growth over a short time for all who participated. The likes of which I have never seen. For the 2016 and 2017 vocal masterclasses, I chose to record two of Gino's songs. Through our work on these two songs and a significant amount of extracurricular conversation a beautiful thing happened. We became friends, and I earned his peer respect as a vocalist. A dream within a dream for me which brings us to the founding elements of how this project has come to be.

Working with Gino Vannelli - Vocal Master Class
Working with Gino Vannelli - Vocal Master Class

The song I chose to work on with Gino during the 2016 Vocal Masterclasses was his composition, 'Wayward Lover' from his 2003 CD Release, 'Canto.' My performance was impressive enough for Gino to inform me that I inspired him to re-record the song himself for his new CD that will be coming out in 2018. 

 

For my 2017 visit, I decided to record another one of Gino's compositions, 'Father and Son', taken from his 1975 critically acclaimed album, 'Storm at Sunup.' Before our session, Gino contacted me stating that since the song was composed when he was 23, he felt compelled to rework some of the lyrics and the arrangement. The purpose is to bring the song up to date with where he stands today as an artist and as a man. My performance of 'Father and Son,'  with the new lyric adaption also captured his ear and his curiosity when I asked him if he would be interested and available to produce my next project.  

After a brief discussion, we both realized we were almost entirely on the same page, and I was more than pleasantly surprised when he eagerly agreed to produce the album. My original idea was to do a CD and vinyl record of my favorite Gino Vannelli material in much the same style we had been doing the Masterclass sessions, which was merely acoustic piano, stand-up bass, and very light percussion. However, after some discussion, Gino had another idea which quickly took the project to another level. 

Gino and I having lunch in Troutdale, Oregon
Gino and I having lunch in Troutdale, Oregon

 THE PROJECT

"This will be an album of songs to spend a quiet evening with, sipping tea or reflecting, or sitting with a friend or lover. As close to audio art as we can get." - Gino Vannelli

Gino related to me that there are songs in his back catalog he wishes to revisit and record himself, much in the same manner in which we recorded 'Father and Son.'  Unfortunately, for quite some time now his schedule has consistently not allowed him the luxury to pursue the project. Gino went on to explain that his idea is to bring some of his older material lyrically and musically up to date to where he currently is on his journey as an artist.  Each song will contain some slight lyric changes and a new, sophisticated, easy listening jazz arrangement by Gino. The instrumentation will consist mainly of piano, bass, vocals, saxophone, harmonica, strings, woodwinds, and guitar. Gino, himself and musicians from Gino's band, will perform the material. The recording will take place at Gino's private studio in Oregon. 

In essence, this is a unique and new Gino Vannelli album. Complete with updated lyrics and musical arrangements of some of his older material, performed by members of his band and produced by Gino. The only difference is that I have the responsibility of the lead vocal, and I am honored to say that Gino has 100% confidence in my ability to meet his expectations. 

Me and Gino post-show in Atlanta in January of 2013. An extraordinary evening for me because I was instrumental in acquiring the venue for Gino. It was his first Atlanta appearance since 1995.
Me and Gino post-show in Atlanta in January of 2013. An extraordinary evening for me because I was instrumental in acquiring the venue for Gino. It was his first Atlanta appearance since 1995.


After our conversations, Gino concluded that he would obtain just as much personal satisfaction from producing me singing these new arrangements of his older songs as he would if he sang them himself. It was a surprising comfort when we realized how we are both at different personal and professional crossroads in our lives and that this project would help us turn a much-needed page for both of our journeys.

A lot of people are asking me why I am choosing to record Gino Vannelli songs as opposed to my original songs. Having the opportunity to record these songs with Gino, songs that I grew up with, songs that are etched in the stone of the building blocks of my musical soul is a blessing and a gift that I cannot begin to describe. It is a rare opportunity which is extraordinarily paramount to me at this time in my life. Most importantly, I strongly feel the brilliance of Gino Vannelli as a jazz musician, composer and arranger need to be carried on and expanded upon, and this project is perfect for that.

I have worked very hard all my life. I have sacrificed more than most of the musicians I have known throughout my life to sustain a successful living as a full-time musician. At 56 years of age, I can look back and say that I have achieved quite a lot of which I am proud. I have made multitudes of people happy with my music. I have led people to sing, laugh and cry with my music. I have the respect from my peers, friends, and fans all across the nation. I have left a mark. I have been very fortunate. But there has always been something missing, quite a lot, actually; a chance and longing to seriously challenge myself, a chance to break out of the confinements of what I have had to be for everyone else in the world. An opportunity to leave behind a recorded work that would reveal the depths of my authenticity and speak for itself. The chance to put to an end a never-ending longing to record music that would be of the highest musical quality and integrity. A work I could be forever proud of and give to the world with open arms.

I never knew what that opportunity would look like - until now.  

Me and Gino at his studio in Oregon - August 2017
Me and Gino at his studio in Oregon - August 2017

THE FUNDING

Putting aside the groundbreaking, intricate and timeless music Gino Vannelli has composed over the past 44 years, his recording and production quality has set the highest standards in the industry ever since his second release, 'Powerful People' way back in 1974. Nobody's records sounded that good. Although Gino walked away from the Pop Star limelight many years ago, to this day, he continues to evolve, record and tour the world very successfully. Through it all, he still strives for and achieves the highest standards of excellence in his compositions, arrangements, performances, and recordings.

GINO VANNELLI - 2013

 GINO VANNELLI - 2017


I realize that asking for $70,000 might catch a lot of people off guard. I don't blame you. It is a lot of money. You might have to be in the music industry to fully understand the recording, producing, engineering and mastering process of high profile and top of the line quality albums and the cost involved. It can be a laborious, detailed and costly process. Much more so than the vast majority of the consumer public ever realize, especially when the talent involved is an artist such as Gino Vannelli. Unfortunately, since I am without a record label the responsibility for all costs falls upon my shoulders.

For a comparison, Gino's 1981 top-selling album, 'Nightwalker,' which spawned his top 10 hit, 'Living Inside Myself,' cost a whopping $850,000 just to record. 

                                                     
 THE PLAN


Throughout his career, Gino Vannelli has deservedly earned the utmost respect and admiration of many of the finest and most accomplished composers, vocalists, musicians, conductors, entertainers and recording engineers in the world. To have Gino's friendship and commitment to this project, to have the opportunity which lies before me is beyond anything I could have ever dreamed imaginable. Without question, up to this point, it is the most important project of my entire life. 

But make no doubt about it. I cannot achieve this goal without your help. "Memories of Life and Times" is a once in a lifetime chance for me to be part of a beautiful and unique project. It is yours also. It can be ours. 

It is important to understand that funding on Kickstarter is an all or nothing venture. Unless I meet my goal then no funds are collected and I am back to square one. I do hope you will decide to join me on this beautiful journey. Let's do this thing together.

All of the money raised will go exclusively to cover the cost of the recording, production, mastering of 12 songs and the compensation of Gino and his musicians. My company 'Jeff Pike Music' will be picking up the manufacturing, marketing/promotion, and distribution costs. With that said, however, we do realize that like with any project the costs could unexpectedly add up, so going over our requested target amount would be a significant relief and an incredible added blessing. 

My piano is my endless song....
My piano is my endless song....

The CDs will come complete with a full booklet containing lyrics, credits, pictures and the names of the people who donated a substantial amount of money and time to the project. (Locate this information and more in the rewards section) For the serious collector, we will be producing a limited run of high-quality vinyl albums

 At this moment this is the culmination of my life's work, my path, and I would be extremely grateful and honored if you would join me on my journey.

Risks and challenges

The market for CD's has declined as more people turn to streaming services and YouTube. But there are still those out there who want to hear high-quality music delivered in a beautiful sounding and well-designed package. The good news here is that I am "old school" and Gino Vannelli has exceptionally high audio, visual and musical standards with projects he is emotionally and directly involved in such as this one. "Memories of Life and Times" is the project of a lifetime for me and one that is very important to Gino. Anything less than our absolute best will be unacceptable.

As for visually documenting our journey, we are blessed and very fortunate to be working with multi-Grammy Award Winning Photographer and Videographer, Mil Cannon. Mil will be in charge of capturing visual images of the recording session as well as doing the photos for the CD/Album and promotion. We are also discussing a possible video documentary. Regardless, I can safely say that I am surrounded by the best of the best and believe that the end product is one that everyone will find exceptionally beautiful and well worth the money spent.

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