Full Circle

Full Circle

by California Transit AuthorityCalifornia Transit Authority


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Drummer Danny Seraphine was a founding member of Chicago and performed with the group for over 20 years. He is the central figure in CTA, the initials standing for California Transit Authority, a reference to Chicago, which was called Chicago Transit Authority in its early days, also sometimes abbreviated as CTA. The appellation is appropriate, since Seraphine's CTA is, in effect, a tribute band to the earliest period of Chicago's music. This album, Seraphine writes in a sleeve note, "was done with the utmost in honesty and musical integrity to pay homage to a special time and place in music." That time, it seems clear, was the late '60s and early '70s; the place was Los Angeles (where Chicago the band had relocated in search of a record contract). During that period, Chicago played in an eclectic array of musical styles, filling a series of double LPs that made its reputation; later, in the mid-'70s, the group turned to a softer, more pop-oriented sound. Seraphine's CTA posits the question, what would have happened if Chicago had moved more toward its harder rocking, jazz-fusion side instead? Teaming with guitarist Marc Bonilla and including Larry Bragg (vocals), Peter Fish and Ed Roth (keyboards), and Mick Mahan (bass), Seraphine re-creates a bunch of early Chicago songs. But CTA downplays the pop elements. Fish re-creates Chicago's horn section on a synthesizer; Bonilla echoes original Chicago guitarist Terry Kath's performances, but, as is his wont, also evokes the speedy metal playing of Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai, and Joe Satriani. Seraphine makes sure the drums are high in the mix and plays with the same energy he brought to the initial recordings. So, these takes are closer to jazz-rock than pop
ock. "Make Me Smile" is done as an instrumental, with Bonilla's guitar replacing the vocal line. "Colour My World" is entirely rearranged by Bonilla and Seraphine, again making room for a lengthy guitar part. "I'm a Man" has a lengthy percussion section, with Seraphine joined by Sheila E. on timbales and Alex Acuña on congas. The result is an album that plays up exactly the style Chicago itself has often tried to play down, its jazz-rock side. Seraphine's departure from Chicago was not amicable. In his notes, he expresses his "deepest gratitude … to all the Chicago fans, fellow drummers and musicians around the world that have made me feel very special, appreciated, and missed." Full Circle is his version of his old band should have been, rather than what it became.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/01/2007
Label: Cd Baby
UPC: 0603777803029
catalogNumber: 5638106638
Rank: 89173

Album Credits

Performance Credits

California Transit Authority   Primary Artist
Marc Bonilla   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Keith Emerson   Hammond Organ,Soloist
Alex Acuña   Percussion,Conga
Marty Davich   Organ
Sheila E.   Timbales
Brandon Fields   Tenor Saxophone
Nick Lane   Trombone
Mick Mahan   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Daniel Seraphine   Drums,Group Member
Lee Thornburg   Trumpet
Ed Roth   Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Soloist,Group Member
Jim Boggia   Background Vocals
Walter Rodriguez   Percussion
Tracy Davis   Bass,Background Vocals
Larry Braggs   Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Peter Fish   Accordion,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Soloist,Synthesizer Brass,Group Member

Technical Credits

Gregg Allman   Composer
Steve Winwood   Composer
Chuck Mangione   Composer
Marc Bonilla   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Bob Barry   Cover Photo
Ernie Wilkins   Arranger
Marc Greene   Engineer
Terry Kath   Composer
James Pankow   Composer
Daniel Seraphine   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
Sean McClintock   Engineer
Jim Boggia   Composer
Anthony Erice   Engineer
Peter Fish   Horn Arrangements
Robert Lamm   Composer

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