Ex-Sydney guitarist Carl Orr made a name for himself on the local scene as a sideman with Jump Back Jack, Wanderlust ,The World According To James, Dale Barlow and Steve Hunter ,as well as leading his own band , which was a regular and attraction at the Harbourside Brasserie and the Strawberry Hills Hotel.
Carl moved with his family to London in 1995 and he has firmly established himself in the vibrant music scene over there. He was a member of Billy Cobham’s band in the late nineties and it was in that context that he performed with such prominent musicians as George Duke, Randy Brecker and Ernie Watts. In addition to that he has performed as a sideman with Bennie Maupin and Don Grusin.
He has continued ago lead his own band and has found a home for it at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, where he has been joined onstage by some real heavyweights including Marcus Miller, Bill Summers, Nigel Kennedy, Wayne Escoffery and Eric Krasno.
Carl also recently rejoined Billy Cobham’s band, touring Europe in May and June of this year and recording tracks for Billy’s forthcoming “Tierra del Fuego” album.
Never one to stand still, Carl is now preparing to record his ninth album, “Somewhere Else”.
As well as expressing his love of Australia, the title hints at the international flavour of the compositions which are influenced by the music of India, Africa, Japan,Portugal and the Middle East, and features guest musicians playing oud, balafon, mbira, sitar and tablas, in addition to Carl’s regular band of Bill Mudge(piano), Neville Malcolm(bass) and Dave de Rose(drums).
Carl is raising funds for the recording costs via Kickstarter. If you want to find out more or pledge money to the campaign visit http://kck.st/2scunKH where you can view the campaign page, watch the video and listen to a track from Carl’s previous album, “Forbearance”. Time is running out as the campaign finishes on 27 July.
Carl is looking forward to visiting Australia in December so look out for his gigs.