Keyed Up - Don Airey's new album with Gary

  • Posted on: 21 December 2013
  • By: Csillag Zoltán

Click here for larger imageThe new year will start with a great record what will be very special for all of us. Don Airey's forthcoming studio album will including the songs what Don and Gary recorded together sometime in 2010. "Keyed Up", the new studio album from renowned keyboard maestro Don Airey will be released through Music Theories Recordings, a division of Mascot Label Group on 17th February 2014. This is Don’s fourth studio set, and his third to be released through the label. The album features many of Don’s friends and peers and, sadly, represents one of the very last times that Gary Moore recorded a guitar part. He - a long time associate of Don - features on "Adagio" and also on "Mini Suite", which is dedicated to his memory. The tracklisting of the album draws from throughout Don’s career and also takes in some of his influences, with twists upon familiar themes. Don has performed with a host of the most important bands in the rock canon, from Cozy Powell to Colosseum II to to Sabbath to Rainbow to Ozzy Osbourne and of course, ultimately to Deep Purple, via sessions for innumerable peers and this experience and panache illuminates "Keyed Up". This is an album that wears its virtuosity easily and never loses sight of its sense of fun, "Claire D’Loon" anyone? "Difficult To Cure 2013" is a version of The Rainbow favourite re-arranged to include Beethoven’s double fugue, whilst "The Godbox" referenced in the seventh track was Fats Wallers’ nickname for the Hammond organ.

Don Airey already talked about this session two years ago, but back then the situation wasn't that promising. "My record company said that they want me to produce an album, but questioned who's on guitar. I promised to get some different guitar players. Gary Moore did a little playing on my forthcoming album, but because of copyright problems we can't use what he did. I was very upset about it, because it was the last time I saw him. So, I've got some of Gary's playing, but it will never see the light of day."

The band on this record was Don Airey on keyboards, Darrin Mooney (Primal Scream) on drums, Laurence Cottle on bass, Rob Harris (Jamiroquai) on guitar and Carl Sentance on vocals. Guest performers include the aforementioned Gary Moore, Graham Bonnet, Simon MacBride, Alex Meadows and Tim Goodyer. The engineer was the amazing Ewan Davies.

Don said, “I loved having the responsibility of pulling together the sessions at Chapel Studios. The album was basically laid down live, no overdubs, no redoing - we don’t do filesharing. There are wonderful musicians on this record, I call them ‘the band that never was’, as it’s a true pleasure to work together but opportunities are so limited. Being in a band like Deep Purple, especially with the success we’ve had this year, should be enough; but I need another outlet. Some of the music is straight ahead rock, a tribute to where I’ve come from, but there’s variety - ‘Blue Rondo A La Turk’ was the piece I played on my first radio performance aged 14. There are plenty of weird sounds too, most from the Hammond; a lot of it wasn’t planned, I just got carried away with the moment!”

Release date: 17th February 2014
Record company: Music Theories Recordings
Catalogue number: MTR 7408 2

1. 3 In The Morning
2. Beat The Retreat
3. Blue Rondo A La Turk
4. Solomon’s Song
5. Claire D’Loon
6. Flight Of Inspiration
7. Inside
8. The Godbox
9. Difficult To Cure 2013
10. Mini Suite
    a) Lament/Jig
    b) Restless Spirit
    c) What Went Wrong*
11. Adagio*
12. Grace

* featuring Gary Moore on guitar

Don Airey - keyboards
Darrin Mooney - drums
Laurence Cottle - bass
Rob Harris - guitar
Carl Sentance - vocals