all songs written by MARK CRADDOCK (Fred James Music) BMI
Produced by Steve Hohn for Bluesland Productions
Executive Producer - Fred James
recorded & mixed at Fishin' Hole Recording Studio by Steve Hohn
mastered at Bluesland Studio by Fred James
Mark Craddock - Saxophone
Tom Reid - Bass
David Zehring - Drums
with special guest Ken Saydak - Keyboards
THE MARK CRADDOCK TRIO is actually the backup band for legendary Chicago keyboard player Ken Saydak. Ken has recorded for Rounder, Delmark and Evidence Records and has backed virtually every major Chicago Blues artist of the last 30 years, including Johnny Winter, Otis Rush, Muddy Waters, Lonnie Brooks, Mighty Joe Young and Sam Lay. Ken was gracious enough to guest on the first solo effort by Mark and the band.
The Mark Craddock Trio hails from Southern Colorado, but Mark made a name for himself in the 1980s on the West Coast where he appeared regularly in the house band at John Lee Hooker's Boom Boom Room. Drummer David Zehring is originally from the Kansas City area but toured with Ann Margret in the early 1960s. He worked with KC jazz legend Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson in the 1970s and more recently with Nashville blues artists Fred James and Mary-Ann Brandon. Bassist Tom Reid has been a fixture on the Colorado music scene for many years and has worked regularly with Taxim Records recording artist Steve Hohn, leader of the band The Taints and producer of this CD. The MC3 has one foot firmly in the grand tradition of the 1960s sound of Blue Note and Prestige Records, and the other in the current "Jam Band Jazz" sound pioneered by Medeski, Martin & Wood.
The Mark Craddock Trio featuring Ken Saydak may be filed under "Jazz", but there is much to like for fans of any kind of funky music.