Ken Talve discusses his album Out of The Blue
Ken Talve: All the tunes were written ahead of time. However, there was plenty of room for improvisation on the solo sections. The tunes are wide-open for that — especially on our live gigs. For the recording, we kind of had to keep a lid on it or this album could have turned into a triple CD set.
ABLX: You state on your site, [Out of the Blue] is musically a departure from my first album. The music is more aggressive with strong elements of Jazz and Rock. What inspired this departure into the heavier sound we hear on this record?
KT: Yes, Out of the Blue is definitely more aggressive than my last record Across the Board. In Across the Board, the music was centered more around sax and keyboards. It had its vibe and that was great! It was what I had hoped to achieve while composing the music for that record. In Out of the Blue, the musical approach was trio. The trio format, as you know, requires the guitar to cover a lot of space. While composing the music for this record, the tunes seem to lend themselves to more of an aggressive sound. I guess I had power trio in mind while composing them. I guess I had Cream in the back of my mind. When rehearsing with Chris and Anthony, the vibe just came together. They’re both great musicians and intuitively knew what to play.
KT: Absolutely! I would like to do that at some point. It’s just a question of finding the right tune that would fit in with the rest of the material. Actually, I do an arrangement of I Shot the Sheriff. We used to play it occasionally on gigs a few years ago. After which, I’ve had people come over to me and ask Hey what was the name of that reggae tune you just played? I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Too funny!