Born: August 24, 1955 Primary Instrument: Guitar
Imagine, a very young, remarkably talented guitarist from the outskirts of Philadelphia being plucked from a small nightclub and placed in huge arenas with some of the most famous musicians in the world. This is Bob Sabellico and the story is true. At 16 he was chosen to replace guitarist Randy Bachman in the Canadian band, “The Guess Who,” at the height of their international fame. This was to be only the beginning of a life long affair with the world of music.
He eventually left, “ The Guess Who” to start his own band and travel the country. Over the years, Bob gained experience and chops from his days as a road warrior. His exposure to varied styles of music gave him a unique perspective on his work, enabling him to experiment and mold his musical history into a sound and style all his own. More than just, “smooth,” his music is both rhythmic and lyrical. His mastery of guitar is a gift to listeners yet his greatest surprise is his versatility. He started playing drums and percussion when he was nine and picked up the guitar only when a local band told him they were looking for someone to play lead. Fortunately for his listeners, he never put it down.
In the early 80’s he helped to pioneer the use of electronics and synthesizers in both live and recorded music. He is an extraordinary synthesist, a virtual, “MIDI Wizard,” who skillfully mixes his talent on drums, keyboards, and percussion with guitar synth to create multiple layers of sound.
He also started a sideline career writing music for television and film and has compiled numerous instrumental tracks for international sound libraries. “Funk City” is available on BMG Music Libraries.
Bob’s musical and technical prowess have made him sought After by such industry notables as: Chet Atkins, Bela Fleck, Phoebe Snow, Victor Wooten, Everett Harp, Steve Wariner, Verdine and Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire, Cliff Richards, John Farrar (writer, producer, Olivia Newton-John), Tim Rice (Broadway Lyricist), Elliott Scheiner (producer, engineer, Bruce Hornsby, Don Henley), Steve Cropper and Byron Gallimore (producer, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw) to name a few.
Never yearning to be a one-man band, Bob really enjoys working with other musicians. He loves the energy that flows from a mixture of different artists and styles. He has the knack of pulling everyone together into one cohesive unit. His live performances are a celebration. Even the name of his band sprang from a description of the live gigs he put together around LA. Bob Sabellico’s “Groove Station,” became synonymous with state of the art sound and superior musicianship. Audiences love the mix of music and banter that has become characteristic of a Groove Station show.
The Groove Station CD is available on Spare Change Music. Eagerly awaited, it features Bob’s many talents as composer/arranger /producer and performer.
Bob also has a new CD being released Summer 2012 entitled “Child’s Play” and it features guest performances from Chuck Loeb, Andy Snitzer, Gary Willis, and Papa John Defrancesco.
Spare Change Artist: Bob Sabellico
This long awaited release from guitarist/synthesist Bob Sabellico is guaranteed to delight his long time admirers and add new devotees. A unique blend of musicians led by Sabellico’s deft mastery of guitar and synthesizers, Groove Station, is a refreshing change of pace. His original compositions are evocative and inspired classics lend them new life.
There are many highlights on this CD, though the rhythmically haunting version of Steve Winwood’s “Can’t Find My Way Home” stands out as a favorite. Between vocals sung by Michael Eldred and a flugelhorn solo by Michael Fair, Bob weaves subtle guitar lines creating a mystical harmony of music and emotion.
Other picks are “Only On This Night,” and “Now And Forever,” respectively uplifting and romantic. He is fortunate to count among the contributors of this project:
Everett Harp (Blue Note), sax on Teach Me Tom McMoran (Rippingtons/Tom Scott), keys on Philly Gumbo and While You Were Sleeping Den Matkosky (James Ingram/Bobby Caldwell), keys and production on Now And Forever Pat Bergeson (Chet Atkins/Lyle Lovett), harmonica on In The Spring Heather Lynne, vocals on Only On This Night and In The Spring Paul Perez (Tower Of Power/Smokey Robinson), sax on My My My, Philly Gumbo, All Together and Maybe Tonight Jimmy DiRienzo, keys on My My My and All Together Chris Willis (CeCe Winans), vocals on In The Spring