Do you remember the big brass sound that was on the early Chicago albums? Well they are back, but with CTA-California Transit Authority. If you are a fan of Chicago, you will also remember that Chicago was originally Chicago Transit Authority until after their first album. What does all this have to do with CTA? CTA was founded by former Chicago founding member and drummer Danny Seraphine. After 23 years with the group, Danny parted ways with Chicago in 1990, and basically left music behind for 15 years. Fast forward to 2013 and Danny, with his new group, releases CTA’s second album Sacred Ground
If you enjoyed the early Chicago sound, you will enjoy this one. The horns are back! The vocals and harmony are wonderful! The jazz rock sound is back! Danny teams up with guitarist Marc Bonilla, along with keyboardist Ed Roth, Will Champlin on vocals, the son of former Chicago bandmate Bill Champlin, Peter Fish keyboardist, Wes Quave on vocals, and Travis Davis on bass, to put out one great CD.
Danny has also released a book “Street Player: My Chicago Days” in which Danny tells the story of his rise from the streets of Chicago to the heights of the music world with the group Chicago, along with tales from the road. Danny also talks about his separation from Chicago. I have not read the book, but it sounds interesting enough that I will have to check it out.
You can learn more about the group and Danny’s book by visiting http://www.ctatheband.com I will feature a couple of tracks off the CD this Sunday on Front Range Radio. I will have a two-hour show this holiday weekend, so please tune in an hour earlier at 8pm Eastern http://www.party934.com
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