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Michael hails from Camden, NJ, and the greater Philadelphia, PA and New York City areas. His musical technique, along with his defined bass chops, is deeply rooted in the rich funk styling of mid-Atlantic/east coast jazz ,rock and soul tradition.
Originally a drummer who started performing with various jazz, folk and rock ensembles at an early age, Michael's interests quickly turned to string instruments. While guitar became an initial focus during his early teen years, a more honed and enthusiastic affinity toward bass began to take shape later. This fast developing talent proved to be a natural, fluid stride forward.
The knowledge and proficiency acquired over the years of performing on trap set and various percussion instruments provided keen insight and ability toward bass-playing, strengthening an already naturally-felt sense of the relationship between bass and drums. Michael's ability to lay down solid bass lines and syncopated phrasing to accompany any given drum groove pattern very quickly became second nature. Beside studying and playing acoustic upright bass (double bass), during this time, a solid slap-funk style began to surface within his playing, a technique influenced by electric players such as Stanley Clarke, Chuck Rainey, and Larry Graham. This merged with a Jaco Pastorius/Jeff Berlin technique (two other highly influential bassist) already present in Michael's playing, to create a uniquely textured style.
- Screen name:
- Michael Carlucci
- Member since:
- Dec 18 2007
- Active over 1 month ago
- Level of commitment:
- Very Committed
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- More than 3 times per week
- Available to gig:
- 4-5 nights a week
- Most available:
Chris Squire, Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clarke, Chuck Rainey, Rocco Prestia, Andy Fraser, Jeff Berlin, Mark King, Charles Mingus, Ron Carter, Brian Bromberg, Charlie Haden, Ray Brown, Dave Holland, and many more.
Influences from musical ensemble, as well as individual artists and composers, are wide ranging. They include;
Yes, Gentle Giant, Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins, Shakti, Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Tribal Tech, Charlie Parker, Chico Hamilton, Miles Davis, xTc, Beatles, King Crimson, Frank Zappa, Procol Harum, Steven Wilson, Steely Dan/Donald Fagen, Tower of Power, Chic Corea, Johann Sebastian Bach, Aaron Copland, Antonio Vivaldi, Edgard Varese, Bela Bartok, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Simon & Garfunkel, Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton,The Weavers, Kingston Trio, Woody Guthrie, Peter/Paul/and Mary, Joni Mitchell...
Wow! And too many more to mention!
- Bass Guitar:
- Upright bass:
- Schecter Diamond Series/Elite-4,
- Schecter Diamond Series/Stiletto Extreme-5,
- ESP LTD D-4 - 4 string-Natural Satin,
- Ibanez SR370EF Fretless 4-String,
- Fender Precision Fretless/vintage 1970.
- Thompson RM-100 3/4 Upright.
- Hofner acoustic guitar
- Seagull acoustic guitar
- Roland JUNO DS61 Synthesizer Keyboard
- Yamaha PSR-320 Synthesizer Keyboard
- Fender Rumble 500
- Fender SFX Acoustasonic
- Hartke 300 combo/two cabinet stack 4x10/1x15
- Nemesis 200 4x10.
- Boss ME-50B
- Lexicon MPX550 w/ Rolls MP128 MIDI Buddy Pedal
- TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3.
Windows-based Digital Orchestrator Pro software, as well as Cakewalk/Music Creator 7 software, interfaced w/ Roland VS-880 Digital Studio Workstation.
Please feel free to listen to some of my home recording projects along with some live recording in the section below.
Amelia (A Tribute Cover)
Amelia (A Tribute Cover)November 7, 2019 marked Joni Mitchell's 76th birthday. This is a collaborative effort; a musical best wish from the hearts of two admiring musicians. Lil Galasso Teifer - vocals Michael Carlucci - all instrumental tracks / additional backing vocals Music and lyrics written by Joni Mitchell Amelia lyrics © Crazy Crow Music / Siquomb Music Publishing
Mercy Street (Cover)
Mercy Street (Cover)Yet another Peter Gabriel cover; the first mix of me rendering a rarely played, haunting composition taken from his 1986 masterwork release "So." All instrumentation, vocals, and general studio tomfoolery by Michael Carlucci __________________ Looking down on empty streets, all she can see Are the dreams all made solid Are the dreams all made real All of the buildings, all of those cars Were once just a dream In somebody's head She pictures the broken glass, she pictures the steam She pictures a soul With no leak at the seams Let's take the boat out Wait until darkness Let's take the boat out Wait until darkness comes Nowhere in the corridors of pale green and grey Nowhere in the suburbs In the cold light of day There in the midst of it so alive and alone Words support like bone Dreaming of mercy street Wear your inside out Dreaming of mercy In your daddy's arms again Dreaming of mercy street 'Swear they moved that sign Dreaming of mercy In your daddy's arms Pulling out the papers from the drawers that slide smooth Tugging at the darkness, word upon word Confessing all the secret things in the warm velvet box To the priest, he's the doctor He can handle the shocks Dreaming of the tenderness, the tremble in the hips Of kissing Mary's lips Dreaming of mercy street Wear your insides out Dreaming of mercy In your daddy's arms again Dreaming of mercy street I 'swear they moved that sign Looking for mercy In your daddy's arms Anne, with her father is out in the boat Riding the water Riding the waves on the sea ________________________________________ Written by Peter Gabriel itspetergabriel, WMG (on behalf of Real World Records); SOLAR Music Rights Management, EMI Music Publishing, UBEM, CMRRA, LatinAutor - SonyATV, BMI - Broadcast Music Inc., LatinAutor, and 3 Music Rights Societies
In Your Eyes (Cover)
In Your Eyes (Cover)I thought I'd try my hand at covering a couple of pieces from another of my favorite releases, Peter Gabriel's 1986 masterpiece album "So." Check back for more. [All instrument and vocal tracks by me]
Deed I Do
Deed I Do- Composed in 1926 by Fred Rose, with lyrics by Walter Hirsch. Here is an enhanced/remastered recording of the song being performed by "Fair Trade," featuring an arrangement which was inspired by a track on Diana Krall's 1996 release "All for You: A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio." - The original LIVE-based track was captured at a rehearsal back in 2011 and features Charron McLeod - vocals, Doug Petty - piano, and me (Michael Carlucci) - upright bass. - All post performance/enhancement tracks—rhythm and lead guitars, keyboard horns, drums and percussion—produced by M. Carlucci.
Losing My Mind
Losing My MindA re-mix and enhancement of a Stephen Sondheim piece, done here by the band "Fair Trade" during the Doug Petty days. The arrangement was inspired by the Holly Cole Trio's treatment to the same tune found on the album "It Happened One Night." Original live mono track involved; Charron McLeod - vocals Doug Petty - piano Scott Ollhoff - drums/percussion Michael Carlucci - upright bass (All additional percussion, background vocal, guitar, piano and keyboard enhancement tracks added by M. Carlucci post production)
Time of the Season
Time of the SeasonA re-mix of a previous post from the eclectic jazz/folk/fusion band "Fair Trade." Charron McLeod - vocals Tim Dallman - guitar, vocals Michael Carlucci - bass, keyboard and drum tracks, vocals
The GlowHere's a re-mix of a re-mix from my home recording archive, a composition which is very close to my heart. This features the immense talent of Lil Galasso-Teifer on vocals and me on everything else. It is a hauntingly beautiful "confessional ballad" written by bassist Veyler Hildebrand for Bonnie Raitt, a hidden gem of a song which appeared within Raitt's 1979 release on the album of the same name. It's a re-mixed re-mix because I dumped most of the originally-recorded instrument tracks, opting for a more traditional jazz combo feel.
Home At Last (a re-mix, w/ horns & strings)
Home At Last (a re-mix, w/ horns & strings)I decided to bring in the tracks I had omitted from the early version found here on my SoundCloud, and post this newer rendition. I hope you'll enjoy. ⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇ CLICK HERE for...⤵ A YouTube video made - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4vpzqY_fFs ⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆ __________________________________
Josie (Steely Dan Cover Tribute)First Mix
Josie (Steely Dan Cover Tribute)First MixMy take on another classic from "Aja." Dedicated to the late Walter Becker, and the on-time Donald Fagen. Let me know how you feel about this first-draft mix. All instrument and vocal tracks - M. J. Carlucci ⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇ CLICK HERE for...⤵ A YouTube video made - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJenT3R5rWU ⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆ ______________________________
"Rocket Man" Cover LIVE ("Elton Hills Drive Band" 2 - 14 - 2012)
"Rocket Man" Cover LIVE ("Elton Hills Drive Band" 2 - 14 - 2012)A Valentine's Day Tribute to Elton John - LIVE at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall, St. Paul, MN on 2.14.2012: "Elton Hills Drive" is Paul Scott - keys, vocals, Tim Dallman - guitars, mandolin, vocals, Jay Peterson - drums, Michael Carlucci - bass, vocals, with The Laurels String Quartet. Special guests performers; Alison Scott, Ashleigh Still, JoAnna Jahn, Kevin Bowe, John Eller, Chris Lynch, George Scot McKelvey, Adam Levy, Mark Mraz, John Munson, Tom Scott. Sound/recording - Brad Kern
PEG Techno - Fast Samba
PEG Techno - Fast SambaOkay, so first, it has always been a deep wish to tackle one of my all-time favorite songs. I finally got around to it here in my hodgepodge/ramshackle studio. Secondly; ever since the first time I placed tone arm stylus down onto the vinyl grooves of this monumental album back in 77, and played this monster jukebox pop song—as a musical after thought (let's call it an impulse)—I’ve always also heard it being done with a Latin percussive underpinning. Well, in this version (completely of my own doing—both instrumental and vocal), I've acted upon that impulse. I know I'm taking a chance in irritating a lot of hardcore Dan fans by “effing” with this iconic masterpiece—I know, because I'm one, too (a hardcore Dan fan, that is, not an iconic masterpiece ツ)—but I just had to scratch this itch. Please don’t hate me too much for it? "Peg" - Fagen/Becker Original copyright info - Total Current ASCAP Share: 100% ISWC: T0702734380 Work ID: 460176658 ⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇ CLICK HERE for...⤵ A YouTube video made - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-GvrfJuyPQ ⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆ ______________________________
Homeward BoundAnother favorite to cover. All vocal and instrumentation - M. Carlucci.
All You Fascists Bound To Lose
All You Fascists Bound To LoseA cover I did of a favorite Woody Guthrie song, loosely based on a Billy Bragg (Wilco) rendition...Woody-meets-Billy-meets-Zappa-meets-Waits-sort-of-hybrid... ⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇⬇ CLICK HERE for...⤵ A YouTube video made - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1R6Uu4DM-E ⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆ __________________________________
Right And Wrong
Right And WrongAnother cover of a favorite. From the great Joe Jackson 1986 release "Big World" it's "Right and Wrong." All vocals an instruments - M. Carlucci
Watching The Detectives
Watching The DetectivesAnother cover of a favorite. All vocals an instruments - M. Carlucci
Re - Roving - Retro - Right - Rhetoric
Re - Roving - Retro - Right - RhetoricA regurgitation of a piece I put together sometime ago.
StormWritten by Pete Kavula. All instrumentation - M. Carlucci
Thick As A Brick
Thick As A BrickA cover of a segment of one of my favorite epic Prog albums. All vocals and instruments - M. Carlucci
My Bird Performs
My Bird PerformsLil Galasso Teifer (all vocals), Michael Carlucci (all instruments). A cover of a wonderful song from an amazing band (xTc) and a formidable musical writing team (Colin Maulding and Andy Partridge). This song—penned by Colin Maulding—appeares on xTc's 1992 release "Nonsuch," which from start to finish, note-to-note, phrase-to-phrase and song-to-song, is an album that by any standard can only be described as being a work of pure mastery.
Petzel LogicLil Galasso Teifer (all vocals), Michael Carlucci (all instruments)
Christmas Time Is Here--FAIR TRADE
Christmas Time Is Here--FAIR TRADEFair Trade -- Charron McLeod (v), Tim Dallman (g), Michael Carlucci (b), and Scott Kovar (d)-- at rehearsal 11/29/15
Party Girl - Lil Galasso Teifer
Party Girl - Lil Galasso Teifer
I Don't Want Anything To Change
I Don't Want Anything To ChangeAnother track from rehearsal - Oct. 19th, 2014
April AfternoonFrom rehearsal.
Purple AvenueFrom rehearsal. This was our first run-through of this great Tom Waits composition.
To Miss Someone
To Miss Someone
You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You GoMore from rehearsal.
Make It Go Away
Make It Go AwayFair Trade at rehearsal 8/3/14
White RoomAnother cover - this one a personal favorite. Michael Carlucci (vocals, all instrumentals)
What Is And What Should Never Be
What Is And What Should Never Be"L & M" - Lil Galasso-Teifer (vocals), and Michael Carlucci (instrumentation/arrangement). Rough mix cover of a song from Led Zepplin II
For What It's Worth (Buffalo Springfield Cover)
For What It's Worth (Buffalo Springfield Cover)A version of the Buffalo Springfield classic I did for a 2008 protest video I produced and posted on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTIbu9Hc1XQ
Elton Hills Drive LIVE Featuring Chris Lynch Vocals 4.26.14
Elton Hills Drive LIVE Featuring Chris Lynch Vocals 4.26.14A segment from the "Us & Them" Pink Floyd tribute concert performed by Elton Hills Drive band. The Wicked Moose in Rochester, MN. 4.26.14 (Chris Lynch featured on vocals)
Time - Elton Hills Drive LIVE Pink Floyd Tribute 4 - 26 - 14
Time - Elton Hills Drive LIVE Pink Floyd Tribute 4 - 26 - 14A segment from the "Us & Them" Pink Floyd tribute concert performed by Elton Hills Drive band. The Wicked Moose in Rochester, MN. 4.26.14 (Joe Carey featured on vocals)
Baby All the Time
Baby All the TimeThe jazz ensemble FAIR TRADE with Charron McLeod (vocals), Tim Dallman(guitar), Scott Kovar (drums), and Michael Carlucci (upright bass, vocals) NOTE: ON THIS RECORDING➲ Charron McLeod-vocals, Doug Petty-guitar, Tom Sankstone-guitar, Scott Olholf-drums, Michael Carlucci-bass.