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   Abe Speller was born in Ossining NY, 40 miles from New York City playing in bands in high school and around the Westchester/Rockland County area. But it was the music of a group of musicians in town that were playing free-jazz in the clubs in NYC recording and touring all over the world. Guitarist Sonny Sharrock, trumpet player Ted Daniel and Sax player Ed Cross. These sessions lead to his first touring gig with “Brute Force”, the jazz-fusion group produced by Herbie Mann that featured Sharrock on his Embryo record label. The band moved up to the Woodstock NY area supporting the record playing clubs and festivals. Abe was then invited to join the Sonny and Linda Sharrock band “Savages”Abe and Sonny would record and tour the world for 25 yrs, recording 3 cd’s, Seize the Rainbow, Live in New York and Highlife

 

New York was fertile ground for expression, meeting musicians and sitting in at a variety of clubs, lofts and studios like Electric Ladyland, The Hit Factory or Secret Sound Studios; clubs like  Studio RivBe, The Knitting Factory, The Bottom Line and many others. But it was after a gig at The Village Gate with musician/inventor of the Chapman Stick Emmett Chapman that Abe would be recruited by Jazz Organist Charles Earland; Charles’Hammond organ and relentless grooves were perfect for Abe’s power and deep pocket, they would record 3 records togetherOdyssey,The Great Pyramid and Revelation. “That was the school of groove.” He would then travel the US from coast to coast with Earland jamming with musicians like Stanley Turrentine, George Benson, The Ohio Players and Stevie Wonder. We were young and ready to learn all we could and there was only one place to do that, the road..

 

After 4 years with Charles Earland Abe hooked up with producer/keyboardist Joe Delia working on film scores for director Abel Farrara’s Driller KillerMs.45 and King of New York, recording projects with rock band Fandango, Fandango 1 and Cadillac led by singer Joe Lynn Turner, Dr Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band singer Cory Daye’s disco record Cory and Me, and bassist extraordinaire Alex Blake’s solo effort Especially For Youfollowed by 2 HBO specials for comedian/actor Richard Belzer. Then it was off to Copenhagen Denmark to record and perform with Danish singer songwriter Kim Larsen. They would record 2 cd’s, Jungle Dreams and Sittin’ on a Time Bomb for CBS records, and complete 3 video’s for MTV, while touring the US and Europe with The Rolling Stones, J. Geils Band, Nina Hagan and many others.

 

As a freelance drummer Abe started getting calls from singersongwriters like Pat Benetar, Colleen McFarlandRobert Morsberger, Pheobe Snow and Steve Forbert. It was Steve’s brand of country/folk music that Abe could show his versatility and lay down a steady pocket for the band to groove to. Three months in Europe opening for Elton John, Bryan Adams, Crowed House and others was just what the band needed to get tight.   Steve is demanding, he knows what he wants We worked together for 7 years performing in the US and Europe.

 

Back in New York Abe took his jazz background and his experience with performing with songwriters and hooked up with a new brand of artist, Acid-Jazz guitarist and avante-garde dance composer John King; they would record 2 cd’s together, Hot Thumb in a Funky Groove and Life is Love. This electric trio would perform at some New York clubs like The Knitting Factory, The Kitchen and The Bowery Café, as well as touring Europe to promote their records.When Abe was home in New Jersey, he could be found back in the studio lending his soulful backbeat to Steely Dan guitarist Jon Herington’s solo record Like So; As a co-leader Abe could show hisImprovisation chops with alto great Arthur Blythe and Cellist DavidEyges on there ’04 release Ace, or straight-up garage band groove with guitarist-producer Teddy Kumpel entitled The Man.

 

Along with his jazz 3rio, Abe also records and tours with the New Age group Sundad; providing african and middle eastern percussion and crystal clear cymbal work to this quartet of musicians