We are excited to premiere the deep jazz sounds of “Johnny’s Bag” by Gerry Weil. Taken from the forthcoming reissue of his forgotten masterpiece, ‘The Message’, released this Friday on Olindo Records’ brand new sister-label, Música Infinita. The full LP is out tomorrow, January 15th on vinyl and all digital platforms
Gerry’s acoustic piano riffs kick off proceedings on a spiritual tone, before joined by a beautiful and powerful horn section featuring a who’s who of Venezuelan jazzmen, with Benjamin Brea on alto, Victor Cuica, recently departed sadly, on tenor, Rodrigo Barboza on trombone and Luis Arias on trumpet.
‘The Message’ by Gerry Weil – a forgotten cornerstone of Venezuelan jazz, greatly influenced by ‘Bitches Brew’ era Miles, Hendrix, Tower of Power and fusion of jazz and rock. ‘The Message’ is packed with raw funk grooves, big band horns, and Gerry’s gravelly vocals.
Remastered with love by Frank Merritt at The Carvery, this edition of just 500 copies features brand new artwork and an extensive interview with Gerry.
Arriving in Venezuela from Austria as a 17 year old in 1957, Gerry has become one of the most influential musicians his adopted country has ever seen. His compositions are now part of the repertoire of Venezuelan jazz standards, but perhaps more importantly, Gerry’s career in music education has seen him impart his music theory and piano teachings to at least three generations of musicians. Still active at the age of 81, Gerry is a living legend and a true testament to perseverance through music.