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)
Donald Fagen (Steely Dan)
Danny (Kootch) Kortchmar
Michael League (Snarky Puppy)
Jane Lynch (actress/singer)
Steve Lukather (Toto)
Snarky Puppy Horns
Paul Shaffer (David Letterman, SNL, etc.)
Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Rick Wakeman (Yes)
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.