January 29, 2013

Vida Blue and the Spam Allstars // Tour & Album

Vida Blue and The Spam Allstars toured in 2004 in support of their collaborative release The Illustrated Band. The album was recorded in Miami, Florida, the home of The Spam Allstars, at Middle Ear Recording Studios (home studio of the Bee Gees) in April of 2003. The improvisational fusion of Vida Blue’s atmospheric jazz, with the Spam Allstars’s blend of Afro-Cuban inspired electronic elements and turntables creates a memorably unique sound.

In addition to the album, Live at the Fillmore was released on 11/15/2004 featuring the band’s full, live concert at the Fillmore in San Francisco on 6/5/04. The show opens with their namesake, Major League Baseball lefty pitcher Vida Blue, throwing out the first pitch.

The Illustrated Band

Released October 14, 2003 on Sanctuary
CD and digital

Vida Blue:
Page McConnell – keyboards, vocals
Oteil Burbridge – bass
Russell Batiste – drums

The Spam Allstars:
DJ Le Spam – turntables and samplers
Mercedes Abal – flutee, vocals
Lazaro Alfonso – percussion, vocals
Tomas Diaz – percussion, vocals
AJ Hill – saxaphone
John Speck – trombone

Produced by Page McConnell
Recorded and mixed by John Merchant
Assistant engineer Laz Rodriguez
Mastered by Fred Kevorkian
Artwork by Lebo

“We went in and we pressed `record.'”

Tracklisting:
01 The Illustrated Band
02 Charmpit
03 You Don’t Know
04 Little Miami (Reputation)

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