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A Son's Intuition

T

hough Greg Koch's latest album, Toby
Arrives, is, on its surface, an "organ trio"
record, he doesn't view it in the traditional sense.
The band backing him includes his son,
Dylan (drums) and Toby Lee Marshall (Hammond organ). And the group, Koch said, was
brought together by the kid.
"Dylan's been going up to play in Minneapolis," Koch said. "He came back one day
and told me there was a keyboard player I had
to hear. I said, 'That's all well and good, but
that's up there.'"
For a time, that was that and nothing really
happened, even after Dylan one day told his
dad Marshall was coming to their area to look
at a Leslie speaker.
"I pretty much blew it off again, and then
the day came and here Toby was, in town.
Dylan reminded me that he'd be here, so I got

on the phone with a buddy who has a studio;
I knew he had a B-3, but had no idea if he was
going to be around or what. But, he was, and
he invited us over.
"He had everything hooked up for us. I had
just grabbed a Vibrolux and Custom Shop Les
Paul I was messing around with. I said, 'Let's
do a shuffle in G,' and we kept that as the first
song. And then the second tune we did ended
up being the second one on the album; didn't
really plan it that way, but we listened back and
knew it was a special thing. So, I brought him
back a couple weeks later, and pretty much
made up the rest of the record. It was pretty
unexpected!"
Asked about nuances in the way they treated
the music compared to the typical organ trio,
Koch said that as the elder, more experienced
member, he took the lead, so to speak.

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September 2018

Greg Koch: Maciek Famielec.

GREG KOCH

"Is it a Jimmy Smith thing? No. It's in there,
but this is the template where I do my thing.
Toby locks in with his bass playing, arguably as
well as any bass player I've played with, and he
comps and solos so well. I couldn't be happier."
Anyone familiar with Koch knows he has
a personality made for the internet, and that
shines through on various videos including a
handful he has done for Wildwood Guitars,
in Colorado.
"I go out there four days a month," he said.
"It's been great. The amount of people who see
those is amazing. I tell people of all the things
I've done over the years, in terms of eyeballs,
it all pales in comparison to these videos."
Among those "things done over the years"
are instructional materials, and that continues.
He is set to publish a new book through Hal
Leonard, called Brave New Blues. And, like
Koch, the format is bold and a bit different.
"I had this idea; I thought wouldn't it be fun
to do a book where I speak in the vernacular of
different players and just kind of improvise and
do a hypothetical jam between two people,"
he said, adding with a laugh, "So, it's a mashup of players, some not theoretically unlikely,
though since most of the people are dead, it's
highly unlikely."
Another way to catch him in action is on
his Facebook Live feeds, which he does from
a room in his house.
"They're manic, instructional, and fun," he
said. "What the internet has done is allow niche
people like myself to usurp the middle man."
Koch also now has his own amp - The Greg,
a signature combo made by Koch amps (the
namesake bears no relation to him).
"I've always known about the company. It's
Dutch, and everybody talks about how they
make great amps. So, I was doing a clinic in
Italy and the guy running it had one of their
amps. I thought it sounded great and liked
the functionality. They let me use one of their
Twin Tones, and I used it all over Europe for
the last three years. We talked about doing a
signature amp, and I had some ideas. At first,
they were a little skeptical; 'How much is it
going to be?' and 'How many people want a
2x10 combo?'"
After going back and forth on several things,
they agreed on the gorgeous blue amp that
now carries his name.
"Not to delve too much into hyperbole, but
it may be the best combo amp ever!"
Another trio record is in the works for the
Kochs and Marshall. "The deal with Mascot/
Player's Club was signed by all three of us, so
we're locked in for several more albums. Lord
knows we've got the tunes. Every time we get
together, we have more!" - John Heidt


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