Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 92
4) 1942 Gibson L-7. 5)Anthony
says this '91 Gibson E S-775
"...has that fat, dark traditional
jazz sound." 6) This '66 Gibson
Johnny Smith has no pickups.
you for some things; I have [Fifty Guitars with
Tommy Garrett] coming up. He called me for
that, and then I got called for all of them after."
"I once got a call to fill in for Ron Benson,
who'd picked up a recording date and asked
me to sub for him at Magic Mountain with
pianist Roger Williams. I was working with
Quincy Jones at the Record Plant that day, but
had the evening free. So, when Ron stopped by
to deliver the 30 guitar parts, he said, 'Mike,
guard these with your life because there's no
score, just these parts.' The day comes, and I
had a 9 o'clock call at the Record Plant, and
had my tux and all my stuff in the car. I drove
down Woodman Avenue to the freeway and in
my rearview mirror saw all these papers flying
all over the street. My first thought was, 'Some
poor slob has lost some important papers.'
Then it hit me - I'd left the charts on the top
of my car! I saw one of the charts hit a Mack
truck in the windshield, like a scene in a movie,
and cars are running over these arrangements.
So I got out and risked my life in traffic, but
managed to get all 30. I was about 10 minutes
late for the session, and they'd called my wife
because they were worried about me. I told
them what happened and how I was crawling
under cars. I was filthy and sweaty at eight in
the morning and the charts were covered with
tire tracks and grease (laughs).
"That night, I played the gig and didn't
mention it to Ron - I just left the book on the
stand. When he showed up the next night, he
found it, then called me after to find out how
the gig went. For a long time, he didn't
say anything about the charts, and
when he finally brought himself to
ask, we had a great laugh about it...
"Once, I was working a session for
composer and conductor Lalo Schifrin on the show 'Charlie's Angels.' I
altered a note on the chart I thought
was incorrect. Lalo heard it and
chewed me out in front of everybody.
He said, 'Don't you dare change my
composition!' I got
the message. Two
weeks later I was
working for Marvin Hamlisch, and
there's another note
I think is wrong.
So, I stop the session
to ask. Marvin hit
the ceiling and
You know your
h a r m ony.
Stop wasting my time
you just can't
"I a l so remember a session
for Randy Sparks with
the folk group the Christy
Minstrels. I was playing nylon-string
when Randy stopped us and said, 'Mike, your
guitar is squeaking!' I didn't know what to
say except, 'Randy, have you ever heard of
Segovia?' He said, 'Of course.' I said, 'Segovia
squeaks.' Randy said, 'I know Mike, that's why
I hired you!'"
"BARNEY MILLER" THEME
"I'm a James Taylor fan and had been
listening to his album, Walking Man. I loved
a cut called 'Rock and Roll is Music.' There's
a musical hook - a vamp over which James is
singing, 'Rock and roll is music...' I learned
it because I liked it so much.
"While doing 'The Carol Burnett Show,'
we'd play during the breaks between scenes.
Sometimes, the conductor would say, 'Mike,