In 1973, at the age of 22, singer-songwriter Gary Marks self-produced his first album, 'Gathering.' It is now considered a classic - a totally unique amalgam of folk-rock-jazz that seems to get richer and more powerful through the years.
It came out on the prestigious but tiny "JCOA" label, run by Carla Bley. Original copies go for $400-500 on e-bay nowadays, since it has never been reissued. Kindred Spirits found a copy in Jazzanova's collection and contacted Gary Marks, who is still very much active as a mucisian/writer, to license to album.
What makes the album extra special is the fact that the band included guitar legend John Scofield, the renowned jazz pianist Michael Cochrane, and one of the top vibraphonists in the world, David Samuels. At the time, none of them were known to the general public. In fact, 'Gathering' was the recording debut for each of them.
Gary played guitar and sang live with the band on these tracks. No overdubs were used, and all nine tracks were first takes.
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