MM: The excitement of your career doesn’t slow down at all. You also have hooked up with another extremely talented artist, Pete Caputo. Pete not only sings, composes and plays multiple instruments, he engineers and produces the sessions. Wow!
You both got together and added a few more musicians to the group and are called,” Late Night Pizza.” How did all this come about?
RB: Several years ago I was playing out in an acoustic duo, and we decided we wanted different avenues to explore. Pete Caputo used to come and see us regularly. Pete and I were in a band together, in the 80's. I had asked him to do some studio work, and gave him about a dozen songs to learn. He was blown away to say the least, and offered a partnership in an actual Band to record original songs in his basement studio. I said yes, and the rest is history. I had met Kevin Bowden and Fermon Bannister at a local coffee house, and they loved my style and songs, so we invited them aboard.
MM: How does a typical recording session go? Do you and Pete have the song and arrangement already set? Do you all jam in the studio first? Take us through a Late Night Pizza Recording Session.
Sitting: Kevin Bowden, Standing left to right: Fermon Bannister, Rich Baron, Pete Caputo
RB: So our sessions go like this, I come in and do the guitar and vocals to a click track; Pete then adds the piano and background vocals, strings etc. sometimes bass and drums if the guys are not available. Russ Thompson, comes in for the finishing touches on lead guitar, and other Jazz cats do the horns...Pete puts it all together and we come to agreement on the final mix.
MM: "Night of the Living Creature" is Late Night Pizza’s new Project. What is the concept of this new release? Give us a “behind the scenes” preview on your new release?
RB: “Night of the Lonely Creature” was born out of the heartache of my 29 yr marriage breakup. I was a lonely creature. But in the end the Sun comes out… also Pete was inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci, and his struggles and triumphs, which were like my song, so he wrote three DA Vinci songs. The album is dark, but hopeful...our best work to date.
MM: “You’re in Me & I’m in You” portrays a lighter Jazzy feel that really entices the listener to sit back and enjoy one’s thoughts. “She’s In The Choir” paints a different emotional picture in one’s mind showing the wide-range of you and Pete’s writing abilities. What is the background and inspiration behind these two songs?
RB: I love the Brazilian samba music of Jobim, and it comes out in much that I write, when I realized, “Your in Me and I'm in You” was a love song, I wanted it to be happy, the kind of love we're all longing, for coming to realization, the whole thing started out with the ooohs. “She's in the Choir", was about many a young man who secretly longs for a girl in his school choir, I had that experience. It hits everyone hard; they love it, so do I.
MM: Tell us where our readers get to see and hear more of you and your music?
RB: Right now we're recording new songs written during lockdown, and no one is playing out live at this point, so we'll see!!!
MM: What is beyond the horizon for Rich Baron?
RB: I'm looking forward to playing live again, there's nothing like it, it's a real reality check to see where you're at with the public. I'm longing to do a jazz torch song album reminiscent of the great American Songbook, my first love in music. I have a dozen fantastic jazz ballads I'm sitting on for that special producer...these songs are on a far higher level than anything I've previously done, so stay tuned. For now look for us on: