When you hear the cover songs on Joe Caro & the Met Band’s Every Dog Has His Day
—classics from Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Carole King and one Great American Songbook standard—your first thought may very well be, I’ve never heard those songs played like that before! Then it occurs to you that the original compositions by Caro—the acclaimed guitarist and vocalist who’s been an in-demand session musician in New York for decades—are equally exciting and original, pumped with soul and adrenaline and sharp arrangements and some of the most virtuosic musicianship imaginable! You immediately wonder, just who is this guy?!
You’ve undoubtedly already heard his work. Caro has lent his talents to the likes of Bette Midler, Blue Öyster Cult, Carly Simon, Dr. John
, Bobby McFerrin
, Gato Barbieri
, Michael McDonald, the Fania Allstars, Chaka Khan, Randy Brecker
and many others. He’s also toured with everyone from Jon Bon Jovi to the Eagles, James Taylor, Lenny Kravitz, Aretha Franklin, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Stanley Clarke
. Joe Caro has served in the house bands on TV shows such as The Late Show with David Letterman, Saturday Night Live and The Grammy Awards and done countless recording sessions for TV commercials and movies. In the ’90s he formed BFD with drummer Steve Ferrone and bassist Will Lee, doing the NYC club circuit with live shows that featured guest artists including Donald Fagen
, Pat Metheny
, the Brecker Brothers, and Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals.
Caro has long been a regular on the New York underground scene, fronting an all-star band that included trumpeter Chris Botti
, saxman Lenny Pickett
, and Late Show drummer Anton Fig, performing every Tuesday night at the city’s Metropolitan Café. What started out as a two-week gig went on for eight years and became the home base for many New York City session musicians.
Impressive indeed, but even that packed résumé can’t prepare the listener for the originality and sheer exuberance that permeates Every Dog Has His Day
. The follow up to Joe Caro & the Met Band’s 2013 Live in New York City
and Caro’s 2011 solo effort Home Alone
, the new release utilizes several of the most renowned players on the NYC scene—including drummer Fig and Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer contributing organ—on eight original tunes plus the aforementioned crisp new arrangements of Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited,” Hendrix’s “Fire,” Gerry Goffin and Carole King’s “Natural Woman” and the Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer nugget “That Old Black Magic.”
Reviewing the Met Band’s previous release, Blues Blast magazine wrote, “It is undeniable that Live in New York City is an excellent album, and it captures the energy and refined talent that Joe Caro and the Met Band brings to the stage.” That’s all very true, but they were only getting started. Every Dog Has His Day
truly takes this breathtaking collective to the next level.