Many people can sing, but not just anybody can create their own songs. Most of Jude Ciccolella’s music in Los Angeles, CA, was composed, reworked, arranged, and produced by the man himself.
This is Jude’s debut CD done completely in LA, produced with Rick Cunha and arranged with Rick and Bill Severance, with additional horn arrangements by Chad Watson. Along with Rick, Bill, and Chad, the band includes outstanding Los Angeles musicians David Jackson, Doug Livingston, Steve Rankin, Rosemary Butler, John Hatton, and Matt Margucci. Jude’s reflection on Flight 93, “The Front Line,” and his dedication to the music of his youth, “Doo Wop 59,'” are all included here.
Many of the songs on this album were composed or reworked by Jude when he first visited Los Angeles for a three-month experiment. On his excursions around Franklin Canyon, he recalls looking for lyrics. It was the turn of the century and the start of a new life on the coast—a lonely existence with his wife remaining in New York. On her first visit to the seaside, he and Sylva made the pilgrimage to the location of James Dean’s death; the back cover of the CD has a photograph shot on that journey. At this point, the song “James Dean” was finished. The CD also features Jude’s farewell to the 20th century, the title track “Between The Shadows,” to which Carver Blanchard once again offers excellent lead and backing guitar work.
This second endeavor was likewise completed in New York City under the supervision of Carver Blanchard. Jude is particularly fond of the jazz arrangement on the title track, which was inspired by Carver’s smart guitar performance. It’s stylistically similar to “Haunted,” which also has Carver on guitar, Glen Saunders on the big bass, and Tom Burnett on keyboards. It features “The Sylva Song,” which he sang at his then-new bride’s wedding, as well as fan favorites “Calla’s Song,” “You’ve Been Watchin’ Me,” and “The 48 Dollar Tip.”
This is Jude’s debut album. It was recorded in New York under the direction of his close friend Carver Blanchard, who also appears prominently on the album. Tom Burnett, a downtown performance artist, is on the keyboards. It features the underground classic “Blue Collar,” as well as some of Jude’s personal favorites, such as “The Calm” and “Finding You,” and is primarily acoustic, with a standup bass, electric piano, and vocals. This is the kind of quiet, personal sound that has become Jude’s signature.
This is Jude’s latest CD, “A Lifetime to Show,” which he self-produced in Los Angeles with the help of the extremely skilled Rick Cunha at the Rainbow Garage. Jude and Bill Severance, who both played the drums, arranged the songs. It also includes Craig Stull on guitar, Doug Livingston on piano, Jeff Takiguchi on bass, Chad Watson on trombone, and Steve Rankin on mandolin, in addition to Jude on vocals and guitar. All songs are original except for “The Merry Guide,” which contains original music for the epic A.E. Housman’s poetry. The album contains the country single “He’s The Kind of Man,” as well as adult alternative songs “Never Entertaining Never,” “Forbidden Fruit,” and “The Ghetto Jag.”
For any questions regarding Jude’s music, please don’t hesitate to contact him today. He looks forward to hearing from you!