This album was recorded in 1973. It is now considered a sort of “minor classic” in a genre loosely called “Prog Rock.”
I don’t really know how to feel about the record now. It is so long ago and I was a much different player at this early stage. I occasionally see the album for sale from various rare record sources and the price can vary between $50.00 and $200.00. If I would have known that, I would have saved more than a couple of copies. Record collectors from Japan, Italy, and Brazil have contacted me about getting a copy and since I want to save the few copies I have, they have to look elsewhere.
You can see who the players are in Sailor if you click on See More and scroll down.
(Composed and performed by Reynold D. Phililpsek, copyright 2013 Zino-Rephi Music BMI, All Rights Reserved)
A few years ago, I ran across the tragic story of American pianist William Kapell (1922-1953).
Kapell was considered the best of the young American pianists when his plane, returning from his tour of Australia, crashed just before landing in San Francisco in October 1953.
I became very fascinated with Kapell and ordered the CD box set of his recordings. Up until just a few years
I wrote “Gotham” as a sort of homage to Kapell. In the song, I quote a part of the Prokofiev Third Concerto, which Kapell had made an excellent recording of in the late 1940s.
Since Kapell was a native New Yorker, I also tried to evoke the feeling of that city and ergo the title and video images as well.