The last release of 2023 for Brian Baker is a double header - and both instrumental tracks to boot. “LEAN INTO IT” has been ensconced in his live set from it’s inception. A ridiculously up vibe, toe tapping guitar rip snorter! Shades of Herbie Hancock mixed with a little Stevie Ray Vaughn. An up beat number where guitar licks optimistically sing out over an old school hip hop feel. The perfect TV theme for that show about the grimy Edinburgh streets hosting the comedy duo’s first tour.
But wait there’s more... Brian has covered Ryuichi Sakamoto’s “MERRY CHRISTMAS MR LAWRENCE”. From Brian - “I see this as a tribute to two musicians that have inspired and heavily influenced the way I think about music”. Both Sakamoto and Jeff Beck’s passing have been poured into this moving piece, full of Brian’s trademark guitar without straying too far from the original soundtrack.
Brian will be performing both these pieces at Blockhouse Bay Blues on Feb 2nd 2024 as part of the Auckland Music In Parks Festival.