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Robert Temple--lead and background vocals, acoustic guitar, assorted percussion. Robert's deep connection to music began while listening to recordings of his mother's folk singing in the basement of his New Jersey home. Listening to rock and roll, R&B, and later funk and rhythmic international dance music, as well as working and living with people of diverse cultures in Chicago, Detroit, and Cleveland, and driving a taxicab in the streets of San Francisco, all helped form the basis for his stories and his style. Combining his love of the groove with insightful social commentary and a storyteller's style, he outlines a unique musical vision: sensitive, sexy, passionate and sometimes humorous. His song "Clearcut" is a call to defend nature and "Who Drops the Bomb on the Ones Who Drop the Bomb" rings truer now than when it was written.

robert @paradice lounge

 
Robert has been the leader of two active Bay Area bands, Unruly World and Robert Temple and Serious Noyz. He has signed a number of publishing deals and placed in national song contests.
   
David Mendoza --(Bassist on 4, 5 and 6 string instruments, electric and string bass, mbira.) Born in El Paso Texas where the family soon migrated to East San Jose where his musical career began. Started on the violin at the age of nine where he soon gravitated to the electric bass guitar with the help of his older brother. His professional debut began in the summer of 1972 at the age of seventeen at a fund raiser for Norman Mineta who at the time was running for Major for the City of San Jose. All during High School and College he remained very active in the local and bay area music scene. Because of his exposure to many musical styles he has had the opportunity to open for such artist as; Little Joe Y La Familia, Malo, El Chicano, Tierra, The Whispers, The Late Night DJ Wolf Man Jack, Allan Holdsworth,
Eric Johnson, Steve Morse Band just to name a few. In 1995 he joins up with Lydia Pense and Cold Blood. He has had the pleasure of performing with talented drummers and percussionist such as
Donny Baldwin of Jefferson Starship and Jerry Garcia; Mingo Lewis of The Tubes and Quick Silver, Atma Anur of David Bowie, Michael Hossack of the Dobbie Brothers, Tim Richards of John Lee Hooker,
david mendoza
     
 
Ronnie Beck of Tower Of Power and drummer, teacher extraordinaire Allen Hall and many more. He continues to perform throughout the Bay Area and remains an active member with activist Singer and Songwriter Robert Temple.
   
Maria Santos was born and raised in the Bay Area. She began singing and performing as a child along with her family’s ensemble mainly for churches and charity events. Later at the age of 18, she began writing music and lyrics. At 19, she joined her 1st rock band and has since played with several different bands for a variety of audiences, music genres, and venues. She is currently working on an all original album scheduled for release this Summer. Her sound is that of a soul base spiced with rock and blues flavors.
maria santos
   

The life and times of....
Justus Dobrin, originally from Oakland,CA ( the land where they made the mack)... grew up enraptured by the sounds of his old man's record collection. At the ripe age of seven his Mom thought it would be a good ideafor him to take piano lessons-- initially, a ploy for the socially inept youg man to 'meet chicks'. As this plan failed miserably, Justus was left with nothing but a love of music, a strong penchant for Dungeons and Dragonsand some heavy duty allergies. Time passes on, and now we find a young master Dobrin enriching himself with the vibrant musicalilty of the East Bay. Hip hop, funk, soul gospel and jazz find thier way into his cd player and into his heart as well. Justus studies with Ed Kelly, an old Oakland legend...

some years later with Smith Dobson while attending the Jazz program at Cabrillo College.

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Finally, at 25 , Justus decides to attend the affamed Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Though the cirriculum is stimulating and the players raise the performance benchmark to new heights, Justus finds that the Mass commonwealth is primarily constituted of jackasses. Justus currently resides in Marin county, where he gigs regularly, and still has wicked allergies.
     

Andrew Griffin
"Most drummers play the drums on songs. Andrew plays the songs on drums."
—Peter Canton, bassist

Andrew Griffin is a drummer with many different sides. Whether he's playing rock, jazz, funk, or blues, Andrew plays for the song, and always in the pocket. Andrew works as a drummer, drum instructor, and session musician, performing and recording with musicians and groups including ViV (rock), The Bloody Lovelies (rock), The Gun and Doll Show (rock), The Rich McCulley Band (Americana), Delta Wires (blues & funk), and PC Munoz & the Amen Corner (spoken word funk).Andrew teaches private lessons at his East Bay Drummers' Studio in Oakland, California. In May, the California Percussive Arts Society sponsored Andrew's drum clinic, Essentials of Funk Drumming, as part of their annual Oakland Day of Percussion.

 
andrew griffin
   
  Andrew is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied with drumming greats Kenwood Dennard (Jaco Pastorius, Maceo Parker, Sting), Joe Hunt (Bill Evans, Stan Getz), John Ramsey (the Jazz Messengers), and Gary Chaffee (Gary Burton). Andrew combines the lessons learned from his Boston mentors with inspiration from his favorite performers, Steve Gadd, Ringo Starr, and Art Blakey, to create a musical, groove-oriented sensitive playing style that's all his own.
     

cal reichenbach

(he is not really in the band ) but we could have a special place for him as co producer of the cd and occasional guitar player.

 
cal reichenbach
     

the band

robert temple--lead and background vocals, acoustic guitar, assorted percussion
david mendoza--electric and string bass, mbira
jim norris--drums
chris miller--drums at www.CADSS.com
john waller--conga, doumbek, percussion and effects
heather davidson--background vocals
elizabeth august--background vocals
cal reichenbach--electric guitar
dan eisenberg--hammond B3, fender rhodes, and casio jazz organ
david barrows--tenor saxophone, at www.houndsofrenown.com
ernie mansfield--flute, alto flute, bass flute, alto saxophone, at www.mansfieldmusic.com

turn signal courtesy of bill and joan reichenbach's ford escort gt

 

the production

produced by cal reichenbach and robert temple
www.calreichenbach.com (a calzone production)
drums and selected bass and acoustic guitars produced and recorded by dave stein at www.santacruzmultimedia.com
organ and keyboard recorded by cal reichenbach at coast recorders, sf

mastered by michael romanowski

 

credits

website designed by the crew at www.elementalarts.org
cd design and artwork by sara strong at www.stronggraphx.com
additional images and design by louise michaels and michael louise at www.louisemichaels.com
cover photo by lory hayward


special thanks to lory, julia, jessica, ann, kyree, toreino, michael, pamela

special dedication to my father and mother, for mixing up the stew that gave birth to the soul that hears this music and lives to pass it on.