Don’t You Think It’s Time
About the Courtial Band
The band was originally formed to perform music for a play. Us, The Rest of Us folded opening night, leaving the band, already a tight-knit unit, free to open at a small club in Menlo Park, Butterfield’s. The restaurant had been featuring Vince Guaraldi, but when he passed away unexpectedly, the owners of the club, friends of Bill Courtial, asked for help finding a band, and the timing was perfect.
Word quickly spread, and every night, Butterfield’s became the melting pot for Menlo Park/Palo Alto/Mountain View cognoscenti to gather. Ferraris and Mercedes SELs parked next to Volkswagen hippie busses, everybody dancing and partying hard.
After a few months, club still filled to overflowing, the band began plans for this project. The rest, as they say, is hysterical…
For me as a musician, the experience was nothing short of amazing, true musical telepathy. The band members previously had only played with Ed, the bassist and founder. I had met Geoff in Big Sur, but we had never heard each other. Yet from the very first notes, there was a commonality of tone, direction and purpose. There was no “trying to make it fit.” You just played what you play, and it worked. And sounded uniquely like us. Every time. In no band before ()or since) have I had that experience
- Bill Courtial: Guitar
- Errol Knowles: Vocals
- David ‘Dasher’ Kempton: Keyboards
- Bass: Ed Williams III
- Drums: Geoff Whyte
- Percussion: Jose Najera
Recorded at Wally Heider’s in San Francisco
These recordings may be downloaded
Courtial The Second
About the Second Album
Originally produced as a cassette recording framed on a record album-sized cover, we recorded this at the Music Annex in Palo Alto. Shortly thereafter, Willie Bobo expressed interest in the band and some of the songs, and Errol Knowles and I went off to LA to join Willie for a successful Columbia album and European tour.
Live at The Winery
About the Winery
After a highly successful stay at Butterfield’s, the band was invited to play at an upscale restaurant a few miles south in Mountain View. We never turned the place out like we did every night in Menlo, this was a more conservative establishment and crowd, but they were nonetheless very appreciative and did their Republican best to party…
Paul van Wageningen joined us on drums for this date. Great grooves!