Spinal Tap’s Derek Smalls Goes Solo with Star-Stuffed Solo Album ‘Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)’ — Listen

Spinal Tap’s Derek Smalls Goes Solo with Star-Stuffed Solo Album ‘Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)’ — Listen

Age really isn’t anything more than a number. That much is true, and it’s repeated on the opening track (er, “Openture”) to Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing), the new solo album from Spinal Tap’s famous bassist, Derek Smalls (otherwise known as Harry Shearer).

The album is available today, and features a simply awe-inspiring list of guest musicians accompanying Smalls on his journey to all ends of the rock spectrum:

Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers)
Gregg Bissonette
Larry Carlton
David Crosby
Donald Fagen (Steely Dan)
Taylor Hawkins
Jim Keltner
Danny (Kootch) Kortchmar
Russ Kunkel
Michael League (Snarky Puppy)
Jane Lynch (actress/singer)
Steve Lukather (Toto)
Judith Owen
Snarky Puppy Horns
Joe Satriani
Paul Shaffer (David Letterman, SNL, etc.)
Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Richard Thompson
Steve Vai
Waddy Wachtel
Rick Wakeman (Yes)
Phil X
Dweezil Zappa

Stream the album below, via Spotify or Apple Music:

Of this album, Mr. Smalls says the following:

Derek Smalls describes Smalls Change as “halfway between ‘rage against the dying of the light’ and trying to find the light.” When asked how he managed to round up so many world-class rockers to join the project, Derek’s terse response is “pity fuck.”

Rock on, brother.

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