CTA - California Transit Authority
June 08, 2007
California Transit Authority featuring members of Chicago & Tower of Power:
Danny Seraphine (drums) is one of the world’s most highly-respected rock drummers, rated by the legendary Buddy Rich as one of his favorite young drummers. He was the drummer, percussionist and a founding member of the multi-million selling, Grammy award-wining band Chicago. From 1967 to 1990, Seraphine played on and helped produce 18 gold and 13 platinum albums, 50 Top 40 hits, including 20 Top 10 singles, and 5 number ones.
Marc Bonilla (guitar) has been a highly respected guitar player since his first recordings and bands in the early 1990s, with two critically acclaimed solo albums, ‘EE Ticket’ and ‘American Matador.’ As a fixture in the Los Angeles music scene, he played with the band ‘Toy Matinee’, and had his own musical success with his band ‘The Dragonchoir’. In the process he joined forces with rock vocalist and bass player Glenn Hughes and legendary keyboardist Keith Emerson. He also played on the ELP tribute CD, ‘Encores, Legends & Paradox’, which featured a long list of top musicians including Simon Phillips, Peter Banks, and John Whetton.
He is a supremely talented technical guitar virtuoso, who also excels at composing, arranging and programming, often creating a complex, richly textured sound, whether it’s a hard jazz rock number or soulful electric blues.
Danny says of Marc’s playing, “He’s the best guitar player I’ve played with since Terry Kath and in my opinion Terry was one of the top five in the world. Marc’s in that category. Marc has filled a void in my life left by the death of Terry Kath. A musical soul mate, so to speak. He’s amazing, so it’s a privilege to have him in the band.”
Peter Fish (keyboards)
Peter Fish, a six time Emmy winner with 15 Emmy nominations, is a veteran keyboard player, composer, producer and arranger whose work spans Top 10 singles, movies and TV. His work regularly reaches an audience of 200 million homes worldwide.
In London he composed and recorded all the thematic material for NBC Super Channel, the largest pan-European general entertainment network. His Emmy awards include ‘Best Original Music for a Daytime Drama’ for ‘All My Children’ in 2002, 2003 and 2005. He composed the symphonic score for former Vice President Al Gore’s video biography at his nomination for the Presidency in Los Angeles, and for John Kerry’s 2004 campaign, Peter scored all the campaign’s commercials. In the music industry, he has produced Carly Simon, Judy Collins, Tony Bennett, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, and Rick Derringer. Most recently he recorded with jazz/funk group, ‘QB3’. He’s also known for his vintage keys and textures on the Fender Rhodes and Clav.
Mick Mahan (bass) is best known for providing the solid rock foundation for Pat Benatar’s band, he is also an accomplished groove jazz / funk player. From 1999 – 2001, Mick was musical director and bassist for Sophie B. Hawkins tours and recording. He has also played and toured extensively with a host of other big names including Toni Childs, Phillip Bailey, Alan Parsons, Steve Miller, and Spencer Davis. He has also released two CDs with California ensemble ‘Tin Drum’ with the husband-wife team of Burleigh Drummond (ex-Ambrosia) and Mary Harris.
Edward Harris Roth (keyboards) 's soulful keyboard playing has made him the top choice of top artists, producers and musicians worldwide. Roth’s instinctual feel has allowed him to amass credits in all sorts of genres of music. He has toured with Grammy winners: Coolio, R&B group The Brothers Johnson, and R&B vocalist Mya. Roth has also toured with Grammy nominees Sophie B. Hawkins, Latin pop star Marisela, and reggae vocalist Sistah Carol.
Larry Braggs (lead vocals) has established a mighty reputation since 2000 as lead vocalist for Tower of Power. Emilio Castillo describes him as ‘the best singer we’ve had since the 70s.’ His flair, soul, and showmanship – not to mention his three-octave range, from pure soul silk to husky wail – make him a superb front man. His influences, from James Brown to Charlie Wilson and Al Green, give CTA songs a soulful, funky edge. As Danny Seraphine said to Larry, “Everything gets funkier when a brother sings.” For Larry, the opportunity to sing with CTA is a further broadening of his experience into rock/funk. Larry describes the new CTA band as ‘Chicago on steroids.
Since then he’s been doing studio work, recording his debut solo CD, ‘Places’, released in 2005, and he even provided the vocals for Sony Playstation’s ‘Karaoke Revolution’ (2006). Over the years he’s toured and sung with Morris Day, Kenny Loggins, Millie Jackson, Evelyn King, the Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff and many more. He continues to tour with Tower of Power and recorded the CD, ‘Oakland’s Own in the Oakland Zone’ (2003). Larry is handling lead vocals for CTA both for recording and live appearances.
CTA will release their long-awaited debut album "Full Circle" (Street Sense Records), on August 14.
More informations at ctatheband.com, melodicrock.com.
Just heard Introduction on a radio review.
This album will be in my collection as soon as I can get to the local music store.
Other samplings were of I'm A Man and others.
Danny was interviewed on the John Boy and Billy show. This new guatarist is and excellent addition.
PLUS......Tower Of Power horns? You're not going to believe this. I had the hair stand up on my arms describing what I'd heard to a bud.
If you're an old Chicago fan.....you'll absolutely LOVE this new group with these seasoned members of the greats of the past.
Get two copies. One to listen to and one to put into a Time Capsule. It's just that great.
This album will hit #1 in The Rolling Stone in two weeks!
I can't wait to get my copies.....
(Old Organist from their era)
Posted by: Coaster | November 01, 2007 at 03:22 PM