Baker’s Brew – ready to take the stage at The Main theater in Santa Clarita. Baker’s Brew is an experimental ambient jazz quartet based in Los Angeles, California. The group is led by drummer Maury Baker whose performing/recording credits include Janis Joplin, Tim Buckley, Frank Zappa and many many others. Jim Goetsch does double duty on keyboards and soprano sax. Daniel Coffeng transcends all musical genres on guitar. Carl Royce on contrabass and electronics.

I took Gary Peacock out on a quest for a flat-back bass and we ran into the great Putter Smith at Stein on Vine. We also stopped in at L.A. Bassworks.

Legendary Venezuelan contrabassist Jose “Bam Bam” Rodriguez after a smokin’ set with Grammy winning pianist/composer Arturo O’Farrill. Bam bam is a force of nature, plain and simple.

Here is a nice interview with Bam Bam.

Carl uses a pair of (discontinued) Digitech Jamman Delay looping pedals; one for the bass amp and one in stereo to a pair of modified Peavey Pacer amps. In addition to looping, the Jamman Delay has a programmable choice of three digital delay effects (!). It has 24-bit A/D/A conversion at 44.1 kHz.

The white pedal is a Dunlop Bass Wah which Carl uses mostly as a ‘filter’ effect.

The ABY box serves to switch back and forth between the bass amp and the Peavey Pacers. This allows Carl to float arco improvisations in the high range over a looped bass ostinatto pattern.

The Boss Stereo Reverb pedal serves to add depth and color.

Industrial Velcro holds it all together.

Stephen Foster and Friends.

Carl uses an Epifani T112 cab with a class-D Genz Benz Contour 500 head for bass. For high range arco improvisation he uses a pair of modified solid state Peavey Pacer guitar amps (only one shown here). The Pacers are placed apart on stage in order to project effects in stereo.

The Peavey Pacer came out in the mid 1980s. It is light in weight, loud as f*ck and has actual spring reverb. The Peavey Pacer is a clean machine.

Carl (left) performing on Puerto Rican cuatro with Aires Bucaneros at Palacio de Bellas Artes in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 5/27/18. This was a twenty year band reunion concert.

Drummer Stephen Foster, contrabassist Carl Royce and the late jazz guitarist EdWing Sankey.

Two car garage? No, it is a woodshed.

Contrabassist Draylen Mason.

May 26, 2000 – March 12, 2018 Austin, Texas.

Some thoughts and observations:

She didn’t want the bunny to catch on fire.

Big sister helps her little brother find his way in the world.

Children are the future.

10,000 hours to mastery.