Coyote Versus Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull
is the leader, frontman, harmonica, acoustic guitar, tambourine and
flute player of American Zen. Coyote's flute playing is a wild self-taught
style. Sometimes he sounds like Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, and sometimes
he sounds angelically romantic and serene like Donovan.
Led by The
Coyote, on his kick-butt flute, American Zen is about life more than
any afterlife. "Of course
we're concerned about Kharma,"
Coyote explained. "But Buddhism
teaches us that you're supposed to just make your best decisions every
moment of the day and presume everything will turn out all right."
Coyote is an optimist with the personality of Cary Grant and looks of
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bassist of the band, leads the most carefree lifestyle. "Why
work when you can go to the beach,"
professes the horndog of our spiritual group. Tom's bass style is a
blend of Motown Precision bass and Jack Bruce solo lead bass of the
British power rock trio, Cream.
on the song," Tom explains.
"I don't have a style. I
just play what I think is best for each song."
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holds the band down with a variety of percussion and weird drums. "I've
never had a drum lesson. I just started playing to Led Zeppelin records,"
claims Steve. "Since I play
to so many different drummers, I don't know who to thank."
"This album was recorded in Coyote's
Utah living room so we only had a few days to track all the drums. The
next time I visited Coyote, I didn't have my drum set, so we recorded
with all his weird percussion he's collected over the years. On the
next album, LEVEL 2 = Christ Killer, we record a song with Coyote's
medicine man drum. He hollowed out a log, skinned the elk and built
this awesome Indian TOM TOM. Wait 'til' you hear that!"
Steve is referring to "I'm Not From Here"
which features Rory G on slide guitar sounding like Rory Gallagher and
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He doesn't talk much but his guitar can really scream. From his melodic
solo of "Black Of Night" to the caffeinated ukuleles of "Whose
Have In This?" to the slide guitar of "You've Been Sold,"
Rory's style is mostly blues based. "Although
I like listening to the early black blues recordings from the 50s and
60s, I most enjoy playing along with the second generation blues players
like, Jeff Beck, Johnny Winter, Rory Gallagher, Mike Bloomfield and
Jimmy Page. I love to jam along to the Disraeli Gears album by Cream.
That's my favorite Eric Clapton album."
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COYOTE'S Zens of LEVEL 1
Zen #1 Zen #2 Zen #3 Zen #4
Zen #5 Zen #6 Zen #7 Zen #8
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