Hit Channel Interview: October 2011. We had the great honour to talk with a very talented musician:Jason Rebello. Jason is known as a keyboardist for Jeff Beck’s and Sting’s bands. He has also played with Phil Collins (“Going Back” album),Manu Catche, Art Blakey and Jean Toussaint among others. His last solo album is “Jazz Rainbow”. He got the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for Jeff Beck’s “Hammerhead” song, which Jason co-wrote it. Read below the very interesting things he told us:
Which are the current projects you’re involved in?Are you doing any recording this period?
Jeff Beck Tour in Canada. UK tour with bass player Michael Olatuja. Gigs with my cousin Simone who is a classical percussionist. Various recording sessions.
How you got the offer to play in Phil Collins ‘Going Back’ album?Did you know him beforehand?
I hadn’t met him before but I was recommended to him by another musician.
I have to congratulate you for your playing and your songwriting in Jeff Beck’s ‘Emotion and Commotion’ album! Were you surprised by the Grammy Award you received for ‘Hammerhead’?
Thanks, but I didn’t receive the award as it was for best instrumental performance, rather than composition. However it was nice to be part of a Grammy winning.
Have you ever felt at any point terrified by Jeff Beck’s playing on stage? How is Jeff as a collaborator and as a person?
No I haven’t. We get on very well, and are good friends. We have a good laugh together and a mutual respect.
I learnt how to play what is right for the song, rather than what is right for me only. I think that is a nice skill to have and opens up doors for you.
‘Jazz Rainbow’ is your last solo effort.Are you satisfied from the feedback you got for that album from fans and press?
The most satisfying feedback is when people tell me that their kids love the album. That is why I made the album – to present jazz in a way kids could relate to.
Do you feel lucky that you played with a legend like Art Blakey?
Well, I didn’t play in his band as such, but sat in with him one night at Ronnie Scott’s. It was an honour, but he was quite deaf by then, so I don’t think he could hear that much of what I was doing!
Can you describe us your feeling when you play onstage Beatles’ ‘A Day In The Life’ with Jeff Beck ?I think it’s probably the best cover ever (not to The Beatles. In general) !!
It’s a very strong song, and so great to play live. We played it once in front of Sir Paul McCartney in a rehearsal studio, which was exciting!
You have played with many great musicians. Is there anyone you’d like to play with and hasn’t happened yet ?
I’d like to play with Gary Husband, Stevie Wonder, Wilton Felder, Jan Hammer and Tony Smith. Preferably in the same band at the same time.
What music do you listen to this period?
I listen to Tchaikovsky, Bartok, Django Bates, Robert Mitchell and Stevie Wonder at the moment.
Have your ever been in Greece? Send a message to Greek fans.
Yes I have been to Greece a few times. The last time I went , the show had to be cancelled due to the riots. My message would be ‘be happy, be kind and be grateful for the good things in your life’.
A huge “THANK YOU” to Jason Rebello.