Joe DeCristopher


The tunes I am posting to Drooble are all original pieces on which I personally created all the tracks, often with Hydrogen freeware programmed drums. Although these are all solo endeavors, some of the tunes occasionally are performed live with local musicians, usually in a trio or quartet context. In addition to my originals, I have also posted many cover tunes on the "video" tab which were uploaded to youtube as audio accompanied by a still photo. I hope the library of originals and covers offers a wide sampling of the range of my musical proclivities. As a matter of personal history, I was lead guitar for the band, "fred" (see photo from around 1973, and check out the video collage for the tune, Nocturnal, recorded live at the Bitter End in New York City in the summer of 1974). "fred" played played from 1970 - 1974, featuring the late David Rose on violin and vocals, Bo Fox on drums and vocals, Pete Eggers on keys, percussion and sax, Ken Price on keys and vocals, and the late Mike Robison on bass. We played for several weeks at the Bitter End in NYC in the summer of 1974, and jammed with Jeff Kent and Doug Lubahn (Dreams), and Randy Brecker. We published 3 belated albums in 2001- 2003, namely "fred", "Notes on a Picnic", and "Live at the Bitter End", all available from the German-based label, World in Sound. At the Bitter End, Billy Crystal opened for us, as did the Roches (then just Maggie and Terri). Prior to that, fred had opened for the Byrds, Laura Nyro, John Mayall, the Guess Who, and had shared a stage with Muddy Waters. We recorded with Yoko Ono and producer David Spinozza. We also rehearsed with the great alto saxophonist, Stan Getz, in anticipation of a tour that never happened, and I treasure recordings (made on a boom box) of him with "fred" made at his home in Irvington, NY. George Massenburg (known for his excellent work with Little Feat, among others) engineered our first recordings in 1971 (featured on the first, self-titled "fred" cd. We broke up in 1974, and I've played and recorded with many folks in many contexts since.






What is music to you? What does it give you?

Since high school in the mid-1960's, it's been the most fun way to interact, and I've had the honor to play with some incredibly talented folks through all these years of playing. It inspires, makes me humble, and keeps me interested.

What is your music dream?

To keep learning and making music which pleases me and others.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

I'd edit interviews like this one.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Any Beatles chart topper from the mid-60's. I also won't easily forget seeing Richie Havens, the Youngbloods, the Blues Project and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band with Michael Bloomfield at the Cafe Au Go Go, or seeing Stephan Grappelli and his violin, still making magic and joyful music late into his 70's.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Too many to list, from Abba - Zappa, on second thought, drop Abba. These days, I'm most impressed by jazz improvisation.

What inspires you to make music?

Losing patience with answering interview questions. That's all, folks!