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Karizma – a group with a special touch…

Back in 1975 the composer and keyboardplayer David Garfield founded the band Karizma. Karizma was a group where the musicians could blend all their favorite musicstyles, so latin, jazz, fusion, west coast became some of the roots in the “Karizma style”. The first Karizma setup was David Garfield (keyboards), Dominic Genovi (bass), Richard Tokatz (percussion), Carlos Vega (drums) and Ralph Rickert (trumpet). With this setup Karizma is playin´ in and around the Los Angeles area.

With Karizma David Garfield is having a perfect musical playground, where a lot of things can happent, be added etc. In 1978 Michael Landau (guitar) is joining the group, to give Karizma some guitarstuff on the songs. At the same time Carlos Vega is on a European Tour with Randy Newman, so Vinnie Colaiuta (drums) takes over, and a “new” Karizma lineup is ready to hit the stages. With this lineup Karizma performes a lot of gigs with guest musicians over the next couple of years.

After a tour with George Benson in 1982 David Garfield decides to make an Karizma album instead of a projected solo-cd. The Karizma 1983 lineup is: David Garfield (keys), Carlos Vega (drums), Lenny Castro (percussion), Dean Cortez, Dean Parks (guitar) and Steve Tavaglione (sax). The album “Dream Come True” is a really dream come true for David Garfield, he ha made an album together will all his musical friends, a project has become a band, and the album us being made with help from: Steve Lukather, Tim Pierce, Ernie Watts, Neil Larsen, David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, James Felix, Paulette Browne, Rosemary Butler and Tom Scott. After the release of “Dream Come True” Karizma continue to do local gigs after the release of the album, and in 1984, Michael Landau is joined on guitar again.

In 1986 David Garfield is having another Karizma lineup. The new cast is Nathan East (bas), Mike Miller (guitar), Lenny Castro (percussion), Larry Klimas (sax), Carlos Vega (drums). Together with this “crew” David Garfield records the second Karizma album “Cuba”. In the studio Michael Landau (guitar) is still “karizma active” and all the friends are here again, this time represented by. Steve Lukather, Michael O´Neil, Jimmy Johnson, Brandon Fields, Albert Wing & Walt Fowler. As a promotion of the album Karizma goes on their first Japan Tour. They record all the gigs “live”, and the best material is released in 1987 an their first live album “All The Way Live”, so the 3rd Karizma album is now a reality. Karizma has formed a lot of their material live, so the energy on this album is very high, and it becomes a great success for Karizma, especially in Japan and also Europe that also has open it´s eyes for this group.

With their 3rd album David Garfield can see that Karizma is getting a lot of attention everywhere, so he forms his own label Creatchy and this means that the Karizma albums “Cuba” and “All The Way Live” is released on CD at the SOHBI label in 1989. In 1989 David Garfield is now ready again with a new “Karizma project”, this time a studioalbum with vocals.

The Karizma lineup is now: David Garfield (keys), Carlos Vega (drums), Michael Landau (guitars), Lenny Castro (percussion), Jimmy Johnson (bas). In the studio Karizma gets help from Phil Perry, Michael Brecker, Brandon Fields, Larry Klimas, Steve Tavaglione, Vinnie Colaiuta, John Pena, Lil Perry & Paulette Brown, The results is the album “(Forever In The) Arms Of Love” and is released at the SOHBI label in 1989. This is the first Karizma album with vocals and it reminds of the David Garfield “Riding Bean” project, that is released the year before, also with Phil Perry on the vocals.

After the release of this album Karizma continues to do gigs, but David Garfield is having a lot to do with composing, touring with other artists and the Los Lobotomys project with Steve Lukather is also beginning to grow. So David Garfield puts Karizma in a standby mode.

One of the keystones in Karizma has always been the drummer Carlos Vega. He dies in 1998, and this touches David Garfield, Carlos has been a very personal friend. As a tribute to his friend, David Garfield re-release the “All The Way Live” album with some special linernotes for Carlos Vega and more. Also this year it is possible to re-release the first Karizma album on cd, so many fans a very happy the day the “Dream Come True” album is released.

In 1999 David Garfield is teaming up with Vinnie Colaiuta and Michael Landau about doing some Karizma stuff again. They get together with well-knowned bassist Neil Stubenhaus and a new Karizma is formed. They called it Rizma 2000 and they are doing some gigs, and also some stuff with Vinnie at a drumshow fdor the magazine “Modern Drummer”. After some contacts Rizma 2000 manage to get an European tour. The Rizma 2000 is a big success, they play at sold-out venues in Europe and after the first tour, the promotionlabel in Germany UlfTone is releasing the “Document” album. So Karizma is back on CD again. Because of the big success Karizma goes back to Europe to play at a new tour and also doing some promotion stuff for the “Document” album.

David Garfield then went in the studio to prepare the mastering for the release “Lost And Found” that is scheduled to be released late 2001 or in the beginning 2002. This release will have special live- and studioversions of songs that didn´t make it on the albums, or special versions of songs that has been released earlier.

Karizma constantly play live gigs in different member line up with David Garfield as the music center point around the group. After several years of no album releases finally in 2012 Karizma is back again with a triple album release “Perfect Harmony”.

Karizma member lineup history:

1975 – First Incarnation

Members: David Garfield, Carlos Vega, Ralf Rickert, Domenic Genova & Richard Tokatz

1978 – Second Incarnation

Members: David Garfield, Carlos Vega, Larry Klimas, Jim Henken, Domenic Genova & Pat Murphy

1978 – Third Incarnation

Members: David Garfield, Carlos Vega, Larry Klimas, Michael Landau, Dean Cortez & Lenny Castro

1979 – Fourth Incarnation

Members: David Garfield, Vinnie Colaiuta, Larry Klimas, Michael Landau,Dean Cortez & Lenny Castro

1980 – Fifth Incarnation

Members: David Garfield, Vinnie Colaiuta, Larry Klimas, Michael Landau & John Pierce

1981 – Sixth Incarnation

Members: David Garfield, Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Tavaglione, Michael Landau & Eric Wallengren

1982 – Seventh Incarnation

David Garfield, Carlos Vega, Steve Tavaglione, James Felix, Kevin Dukes, Dean Cortez & Lenny Castro

1983 – Eight Incarnation

Members: David Garfield, Carlos Vega, Steve Tavaglione, James Felix, Dean Parks, Dean Cortez & Lenny Castro

1983 – Ninth Incarnation

Members: David Garfield, Carlos Vega, Larry Klimas, Dean Parks, Dean Cortez & Lenny Castro

1986 – Tenth Incarnation

Members: David Garfield, Carlos Vega, Larry Klimas, Michael Landau, Jimmy Johnson & Lenny Castro

1987 – Eleventh Incarnation

Members: David Garfield, Carlos Vega, Larry Klimas, Mike Miller, Nathan East & Lenny Castro

1988 – Twelfth Incarnation

Members: David Garfield, Carlos Vega, Larry Klimas, Steve Tavaglione, Michael Landau, Jimmy Johnson & Lenny Castro

1999 – Thirteenth Incarnation

Members: David Garfield, Toss Panos, Larry Klimas, Michael Landau, Jimmy Johnson & Lenny Castro

2000 – Fourteenth Incarnation

Members: David Garfield, Vinnie Colaiuta, Michael Landau & Neil Stubenhaus

Discography

Live at the Baked Potato with Jeff Porcaro

Creatchy Records 2014

Tracks: Ire, Sting, Blues For Ronnie, Me, Five Storks, All Blues, TJ & Corbitt Van Brauer.

Musicians on the Live at the Baked Potato with Jeff Porcaro album: David Garfield, Larry Klimas, Michael Landau, John Pena, Jeff Porcaro & Lenny Castro.

Live at Motion Blue

Creatchy Records 2014

Tracks: E Minor Shuffle, Dismemberment, Five Storks, Kimbissa/Cuba, Donna, Ire, Heavy Resin, Dream Come True, Fried Neckbones, Corbitt Van Brauer & Sweet PC.

Musicians on the Live at the Motion Blue album: David Garfield, Larry Klimas, James Harrah, Jimmy Johnson, Oscar Seaton Jr. & Lenny Castro.

Perfect Harmony

Creatchy Records 2012

Tracks: CD1: Tink, Oh Sweet Oso, Mujaka, Ratso, Still Waters Run Deep, Pontier & Mambos Cafe. CD2: Delicious Juices, Zicaboo, And Yelling All The Time, My Brother, Donna, Shelly & Wheat Toast. CD3: Heavy Risin, Aliens (Ripped My Face Off), Dream Come True, Kimbissa/Cuba, Sting, Toast For Eli, From Above, Sweet Pea, 716 Stepney St. & Kaptin´Koma.

Musicians on the Perfect Harmony album: David Garfield and others.

Also released on Daiki Sound Records 2012.

All The Way Live

Warner Music 2011

Tracks: Tink, Jive, Dream Come True, Kimbasa/Cuba, Sting, Corbitt Van Brauer, Prelude For Dad, Juliamy & T.J.

Musicians on the All The Way Live album: David Garfield, Carlos Vega, Nathan East, Lenny Castro, Larry Klimas & Mike Miller.

Cuba

Warner Music 2011

Tracks: Prophecy, Sting, Toltec Dance, T.J., Kimbisa/Cuba, Jive, Donna, Hungry Dogs, Creatchy Stomp & All Blues.

Musicians on the Cuba album: David Garfield, Michael Landau, Lenny Castro, Carlos Vega, Larry Klimas, Steve Lukather, Mike O´Neil, Nathan East, Jimmy Johnson, Luis Conte, Brandon Fields, Steve Tavaglione, Albert Wing & Walt Fowler.

Best Of Karizma

Creatchy Records 2011

Tracks: Palladium, Ire, Toast For Eli, Limbs, Me, Five Storks, Nothing Personal, Tink, Johnny Swing, Kimbasa/Cuba, Say You Will, Creatchy Stomp, Heavy Resin, Studio Jam & All Blues.

Musicians on the Best of Karizma album: David Garfield, David Paich, Neil Larsen, Dean Cortez, John Pierce, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jeff Porcaro, Ernie Watts, Tom Scott, Steve Tavaglione, Michael Landau, Steve Lukather, Dean Parks, Kevin Dukes, Dennis Herring, Larry Klimas, Lenny Castro, Carlos Vega, James Felix and others.

Document

Ulftone Music 2000

Tracks are: Heavy Resin, Aliens (Ripped My Face Off), Palladium, Johnny Swing, Nothing Personal & E Minor Shuffle.

Musicians on the Document album: David Garfield, Neil Stubenhaus, Michael Landau & Vinnie Colaiuta.

Also released on Hudson Music 2000.

Lost And Found

Creatchy Records 2001

Tracks: Prophecy, Natural Phenomenon, Deep Inside, Limps, Tell Me, I Want You So, Say You Will, I Guess I´ll Just Move On, Blues For Ronnie, Dream Come True, Sting, Corbitt Van Brauer, Heavy Resin, Fun In Tokyo & Studio Jam.

Musicians on the Lost And Found album: David Garfield, David Paich, Neil Larsen, Dean Cortez, John Pierce, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jeff Porcaro, Ernie Watts, Tom Scott, Steve Tavaglione, Michael Landau, Steve Lukather, Dean Parks, Kevin Dukes, Dennis Herring, Larry Klimas, Lenny Castro, Carlos Vega, James Felix and others.

Also released on Cool Sound Records 2001.

All The Way Live

Creatchy Records 1998

Tracks: Tink, Sting, Donna, Kimbasa/Cuba, Juliamy, T.J. (Tyler Jefferson), Dream Come True, Jive, I Told You (comic interlude) & Corbitt Van Brauer.

Musicians on the All The Way Live album: David Garfield, Carlos Vega, Nathan East, Lenny Castro, Larry Klimas & Mike Miller.

Dream Come True

Creatchy Records 1998

Tracks: Ire, I Want You So, Heavy Resin, Dream Come True, I´ve Been Played The Fool Again, Blues For Ronnie, Say You Will, Lonely Nights & Corbitt Van Brauer.

Musicians on the Dream Come True album: David Garfield, Tom Scott, Ernie Watts, Neil Larsen, David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, Steve Lukather, Steve Tavaglione, Tim Pierce, Carlos Vega, Dean Parks & Lenny Castro.

(Forever In The Arms Of Love)

Creatchy Records 1997

Tracks: Change, Rizmatic Juices, Me, Five Storks, (Forever In The) Arm Of Love, Good-Bye, Pindango, Toast For Eli, Aliens, Chimo, Daijobo Baby & Forest For The Trees.

Musicians on the (Forever In The) Arms Of Love album: David Garfield, Carlos Vega, Brandon Fields, Jimmy Johnson, John Pena, Larry Klimas, Lenny Castro, Lil Perry, Michael Brecker, Michael Landau, Paulette Brown, Phil Perry, Steve Tavaglione & Vinnie Colaiuta.

Cuba

Creatchy Records 1995

Tracks: Prophecy, Sting, Toltec Dance, T.J., Kimbisa/Cuba, Jive, Donna, Hungry Dogs, Creatchy Stomp & All Blues.

Musicians on the Cuba album: David Garfield, Michael Landau, Lenny Castro, Carlos Vega, Larry Klimas, Steve Lukather, Mike O´Neil, Nathan East, Jimmy Johnson, Luis Conte, Brandon Fields, Steve Tavaglione, Albert Wing & Walt Fowler.

(Forever In The) Arms Of Love

MIDI Inc 1994

Tracks: Change, Rizmatic Juices, Me, Five Storks, (Forever In The) Arm Of Love, Good-Bye, Pindango, Toast For Eli, Aliens, Chimo, Daijobo Baby & Forest For The Trees.

Musicians on the (Forever In The) Arms Of Love album: David Garfield, Carlos Vega, Brandon Fields, Jimmy Johnson, John Pena, Larry Klimas, Lenny Castro, Lil Perry, Michael Brecker, Michael Landau, Paulette Brown, Phil Perry, Steve Tavaglione & Vinnie Colaiuta.

(Forever In The) Arms Of Love

Maxus Records 1992

Tracks: Change, Rizmatic Juices, Me, Five Storks, (Forever In The) Arm Of Love, Good-Bye, Pindango, Toast For Eli, Aliens, Chimo, Daijobo Baby & Forest For The Trees.

Musicians on the (Forever In The) Arms Of Love album: David Garfield, Carlos Vega, Brandon Fields, Jimmy Johnson, John Pena, Larry Klimas, Lenny Castro, Lil Perry, Michael Brecker, Michael Landau, Paulette Brown, Phil Perry, Steve Tavaglione & Vinnie Colaiuta.

(Forever In The) Arms Of Love

SOHBI Records 1989

Tracks: Change, Rizmatic Juices, Me, Five Storks, (Forever In The) Arm Of Love, Good-Bye, Pindango, Toast For Eli, Aliens, Chimo, Daijobo Baby & Forest For The Trees.

Musicians on the (Forever In The) Arms Of Love album: David Garfield, Carlos Vega, Brandon Fields, Jimmy Johnson, John Pena, Larry Klimas, Lenny Castro, Lil Perry, Michael Brecker, Michael Landau, Paulette Brown, Phil Perry, Steve Tavaglione & Vinnie Colaiuta.

All The Way Life

Alfa Moon Records 1987

Tracks: Tink, Jive, Dream Come True, Kimbasa/Cuba, Sting, Corbitt Van Brauer, Prelude For Dad, Juliamy & T.J.

Musicians on the All The Way Live album: David Garfield, Carlos Vega, Nathan East, Lenny Castro, Larry Klimas & Mike Miller.

Cuba

Alfa Moon Records 1986

Tracks: Prophecy, Sting, Toltec Dance, T.J., Kimbisa/Cuba, Jive, Donna, Hungry Dogs, Creatchy Stomp & All Blues.

Musicians on the Cuba album: David Garfield, Michael Landau, Lenny Castro, Carlos Vega, Larry Klimas, Steve Lukather, Mike O´Neil, Nathan East, Jimmy Johnson, Luis Conte, Brandon Fields, Steve Tavaglione, Albert Wing & Walt Fowler.

Dream Come True

VAP Records 1983

Tracks: Ire, I Want You So, Heavy Resin, Dream Come True, I´ve Been Played The Fool Again, Blues For Ronnie, Say You Will, Lonely Nights & Corbitt Van Brauer.

Musicians on the Dream Come True album: David Garfield, Tom Scott, Ernie Watts, Neil Larsen, David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, Steve Lukather, Steve Tavaglione, Tim Pierce, Carlos Vega, Dean Parks & Lenny Castro.

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