This year, I released "Still Lucky," a new record by The Rudy Guess Orchestra. It's a fun new swinging in Las Vegas extravaganza. This album features the big band sound of Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra in the 50s. With four trombones, four trumpets and five saxophones, the sound of this album jumps out of the CD player.
The music bug bit me as a young lad. I started playing guitar in garage bands in grade school and high school in Scottsdale, Arizona. I studied music and songwriting-to the exclusion of every other subject in high school. Before completing college, I went on the road to work as a full time musician. I traveled the United States playing Top 40 music in various bands; I would play songs by James Brown, The Beatles and even Tony Orlando all in the same night. It was a great training for career as a musician and composer.
I also had a technical side that loved the recording studio. I began writing and recording my own songs on a Teac 3340 four-track tape recorder. As my studio grew, I recorded the songs of friends that were in need of a good affordable demo. This eventually became a full-time job.
In the '80s, my studio was busy with outside clients. I was engineering and playing guitar usually six days a week. At my home studio, we recorded everything from radio jingles and band demos to major league projects. After recording a few very good demos with Carole King, she asked me to co-produce her next record and I've been working with her ever since.
As a music composer, I've written numerous "music library" CDs. My songs have been placed in various TV shows including Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Friends, The Practice, Law and Order, The Osbournes and Oprah. Hardly a day goes by that I don't hear some of my music on TV. And it's always a thrill.
Another great thrill is playing music live. The last two summers I was on tour with Carole King on her "Living Room" tour. We played all over the U.S. entertaining her loyal fans.
My surf album, "El Surfeador," draws on my Arizona roots. In Scottsdale, we loved surf instrumental music. Dick Dale, Duane Eddy, the Ventures and even Herb Albert were favorites of mine. I think you will hear all of those influences on this record.
I hope you enjoy the "Still Lucky" record and check out my other records if you get a chance.
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1. Still Lucky
2. Mr. Las Vegas
3. In This Lullaby
4. Can Do No Wrong
5. Memory Lane
6. Me and Miss Lady Luck
7. This Sunny Day
8. Swing Town
9. I've Been on a Roll
10. That Certain Style
11. Still Lucky (instrumental)
12. Mr. Las Vegas (instrumental)
13. In This Lullaby (instrumental)
14. Can Do No Wrong (instrumental)
15. Memory Lane (instrumental)
16. Me and Miss Lady Luck (instrumental)
17. This Sunny Day (instrumental)
18. Swing Town (instrumental)
19. I've Been on a Roll (instrumental)
20. That Certain Style (instrumental)