of Al Gomes of Big Noise's strategic and publicity efforts,
co-founder of the seminal iconic jazz-rock group Blood,
Sweat & Tears, was placed on the Official Ballot for
the 57th Annual Grammy Awards by The Recording Academy for
Best Pop Solo Performance for his single 'That Inside Feeling,'
Best Improvised Jazz Solo for 'Bluesy Hues,' and Best Jazz
Instrumental Album for 'Rhythm, Catch 4.'
Al Gomes: 'I've been
friends with Fred Lipsius since 2014. We were introduced
to each other by the great jazz guitarist Gerry Beaudoin.
I've always been very proud
of my professional association with Fred and his legacy
- his two-time Grammy Award-winning ground-breaking work
with Blood, Sweat & Tears, 9 Gold Records, his appearance
with the band at the legendary Woodstock Music Festival
- preceded, however, six weeks prior to that as part of
an even more amazing musical line-up and performance at
the Newport Jazz Festival, where even Miles Davis was blown
away by the new generation of talent in Newport, RI in July
Myself and my partner Connie
Watrous are working to commemorate that sacred spot in Newport
where Blood, Sweat & Tears made an amazing impression on
all who attended - a spot where Louis Armstrong gave his
last performance, and where Bob Dylan 'went electric' in
When Fred and I first collaborated
on a career strategy, he played me a whole range of new
music, and the piece I was most taken with was 'That Inside
Feeling.' 'That's the single,' I said to him, 'That's the
one.' And he said, as only Fred could say giving his approval,
'I read about you - you know what you're doing.' Well, it
turned out it was a good decision, and I'm grateful to him
for taking my direction. And The Recording Academy agreed,
placing the track on their Official Ballot for The Grammy
Awards, along with his album 'Rhythm, Catch 4.'
I look forward to more of our
on-going friendship, and continuing admiration for each
other as musical colleagues, historians, and true believers.
I'm thrilled to be a part of his musical story!'
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