Just as Charlie Warren's bass playing is powerful and understated,
so is Charlie the man. He could show you a list of credentials
as long as your arm (or even better, as long as HIS arm) attesting
to his accomplishments in music, but he inevitably opts to let
his music do the talking. Yet when it's time to put on his professor's
cap, he can talk music with the best of them.
As a music teacher (Cal State University at Fullerton) he brings
an uncommon degree of practical experience, stylistic diversity,
passion for music history, and pure intelligence to his job. His
students are in good hands.
As a performer he is the consummate professional. A true "bass
man" he is the master of both the string bass and tuba, and can
step right into the fast lane with either of them in just about
any style you can imagine: jazz, classical, country, ethnic ...all
with a complete depth of understanding of the idiom. Best of all,
Charlie possesses that most sought-after quality a bassist can
have: the ability to make the other players around him sound better.
How does he do it? I don't know. But he does.
I first met Charlie nearly twenty years ago at Disneyland. He
was playing with the band there that included Doug Mattocks, John
Jorgenson, and Dick Hardwick. It later evolved to include Raul
Reynoso and Paul Shelasky. That group has always impressed me
as one of the most talented and versatile I've ever known, and
they've always played styles of music which I particularly love.
When Bob Wilson and I needed a bass for our CD "Bodega Sessions,"
Charlie Warren was the first player who came to mind. Since Bob
and I were not actively involved in performing, we did not have
a regular bassist. My long association with (and admiration for)
the Rhythm Brothers, aka Thunder Mountain Boys, aka Mainstreet
Maniacs, ...the band from Disneyland mentioned above ...led me
to ask Charlie to participate in our recording project. We had
to schedule the recording sessions around another project he was
involved in: playing tuba on the soundtrack of the remake of "Fantasia."
This guy is a pro. Thanks for helping us with our CD, Charlie.
...Rick Shubb, 1999