BACKTRACKS: Thomas Holcomb


This time around on BACKTRACKS, newsroom developer and tech expert Thomas Holcomb tells us how a piece of music became his constant companion at a time when he felt cut off from the rest of his family and friends.

LISTEN to his story here:


It was the music of Argentinian saxophonist and composer Gato Barbieri that guided Thomas’ daily journey from darkness to light. Out of print until its reissue in 2007, Barbieri’s 1977 album Ruby Ruby was a romantic collection of Latin jazz compositions produced by Herb Alpert. The record moved from soothing balladry to energetic jams, driven by Barbieri’s warm-blooded sax melodies. The track Thomas talks about here featured guitar work by Lee Ritenour with drummer Steve Gadd and Brazilian percussionist Paulinho Da Costa.


Here then is the full recording to keep you company as you head out into your day:

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