This August, The Doors guitarist, Robby Krieger is gearing up to release his first solo effort in nearly 10 years.
Titled The Ritual Begins at Sundown, the jazz-heavy album has been produced by ex-Frank Zappa bassist Arthur Barrow, whose friendship with Krieger goes a ways back.
“If you had to categorize it, I guess it’s a jazz album,” Krieger shared with Billboard. “The progressions are jazz, but there’s a little Zappa in there and a little Doors. Hopefully, it’s not just a straight jazz album. I think it’s more unique than that.”
The 74-year-old, ever-evolving guitarist was originally preparing to drop the album in April. However, he was forced to push back the release date due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The hugely collaborative album features numerous Zappa alumni, including trombonist Jock Ellis, trumpeter Sal Marquez, keyboardist Tommy Mars, and drummer Chad Wackerman.
For the same reason, the album was completed in the span of 5 years, as it was difficult to get all the musicians in one room at the same time due to their varied availabilities.
“I always want to keep improving as a guitar player, and the only way to do that is to play [different styles],” Krieger added. “I feel like a lot of guys do the same thing over and over. If I were to do that, it would be really boring.”
The album is due out on Monday, August 3.
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