Caleb Quaye has a worldwide reputation as a signature lead guitar player since the late 60’s and early 70’s.
He is known most notably as Elton John’s original lead guitarist having played on all the “early stuff”, as well as numerous studio sessions for many other name artists.
Over the years, Caleb has played with Harry Nillson, The Beach Boys, Joan Baez, Al Kooper, David Foster, John Klemmer, Eddie Henderson, Dusty Springfield, Liza Minnelli, Brenda Russell, Joan Baez, Ralph McTell, Pete Townsend, The Troggs and Hall & Oates… to name just a few.
Several years ago, David Letterman asked his guest Eric Clapton: “So what’s it like to be the best guitar player in the world?” Clapton replied, “I’m not. Caleb Quaye is!”
Today, Caleb travels the world sharing his music and talent with the the emerging generation of gospel musicians and worship leaders, mentoring them in their musical and leadership development.
I had the opportunity to see Caleb play LIVE at the NAMM Show in Anaheim last month at one of their late night concerts. I had heard Caleb play before and knew it would be a great event so I went early to grab a spot of the front row.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have my video camera with me… but fortunately… another YouTube member did. They uploaded the concert a few days ago.
Caleb has blended Jazz, Rock and Fusion into a style that all players can appreciate. A very humble man, with an amazing touch on the strings. Check this out:
You can find the rest of the show on YouTube by [CLICKING HERE]:
Caleb’s band, The Faculty, includes:
Charles Williams on Keyboards – who has performed or recorded with such artists as Philip Bailey, Andrae Crouch, Billy Davis and Marilyn McCoo, Stephanie Mills, Deniece Williams, The Midniters, Ry Cooder and Los Lobos, to name but a few.
Robert “Pee Wee” Hill on Bass – an outstanding bass player and longtime friend of Caleb’s has performed or recorded with Billy Preston, Sly Stone, Jimmy Smith, Rufus, Chaka Kahn, Bob Dylan, T-Bone Burnett.
Doug Mathews on Drums – an accomplished drummer in a diversity of styles has played with Phil Keaggy, Howard Roberts, Rique Pantoja, Rick Elias, Red Young, Tommy Walker.
The band recently released “All the Way Live”,which closely tracks their NAMM show set. Check it out on iTunes by clicking the image of the CD cover.
For those of you who love music that grooves with a commonality of faith, heart and spirit among the musicians, this set may be just what the doctor ordered to put some pep in your step! And some joy in your day because it was recorded all the way live!
-Caleb Quaye, liner notes
Check out the bands official web site by [CLICKING HERE].