Jim Lampi's Greazy features a host of talented musicians. There's the legendary John Martyn on vocals and the drummer and keyboard player from his band, Arran Amun and Spencer Cozens. They are joined by singer-songwriter Marie Claire Dubaldo and Chris Wells on Brazilian style percussion. This is an album of originals, influenced by the music that has affected Jim over the years; 70s fusion, R&B based jazz standards, Latin music, and low rider bands. The first instrument that Jim learnt to play was the saxophone, and he brings some of those sensibilities to his playing and composing. The Chapman Stick is an amazing instrument with an unusual range of five-and-a-quarter octaves. Its unique sound has intrigued many musicians including John Martyn, with whom Jim plays on a regular basis. John adds vocals to two tracks, bringing his own musical genius to the album.
Most people are only aware of Marie Claire as the song writer of Celine Dions `Falling Into You', (or many many other tracks for such people as KD Lang, Enrique, Robert Miles, The Corrs, Belinda Carlisle etc), or for her only hit single `Rhythm is Magic' in the mid 90's. If you love either song, then you really should listen this album. She is an incredible song writer and performer, and the album is filled with stunning vocals, on brilliant pop and beautiful ballad tracks.