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Gerard D'Angelo: Who's Kidding Who?

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AAJ: So tell me about this record that you're planning to release then?

GD: So this guy calls me to sub three weekends in a row. I subbed and my friend, Steve LaSpina was on bass, and Tony Tedesco is on drums. I just sat at the piano and called tunes all night long. It really felt nice so I began bringing my tape recorder and I taped everything.

My publicist asked me if I had anything to release and I said that I had this thing that I taped but I didn't know if it was good quality. But I went back and listened to it and I thought that there were some good moments in the recordings

AAJ: Is there anything else you'd like to add in closing?

GD: I'd like to mention my wife, Marie. She's not a musician, she's a landscape designer, but a lot of times I would come to her and she would give me straight honest answers. In a funny way, even non-musicians—if they love you and care about you —can be as much of help as anyone else.

The other thing that she told me was during a gig when we first got married. I came up to her and asked how I was doing and she said to me, "You're good but your lines. They just peter out and you don't connect them well." So for her to say that... she was going to support me but she also wasn't going to patronize me because I'm her husband. So I've really worked hard in connecting my lines over the years. It was a huge thing and no one ever told me. So she was like, "Listen to Oscar!" That was the one thing that bugged me about my playing that I didn't realize. But in a lot of ways she's been a big help and supportive.

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