|So here's the scoop.....
After a 25 year coffee break, free flowing Salt (a.k.a. JF Murphy
and Salt) got back together and were ready to go...so I thought!
Bobby Paiva (drums), Joe Parrino (lead guitar & vocals), Russell
Warmolts (bass) & Ronny Allard (saxophone, clarinet, flute &
bagpipes) decided to once again continue as free flowing Salt.
Missing was Jack Murphy (songwriter/composer/lyricist), who's
now writing Broadway shows in his usual brilliant style, and
George Christ (one of the all-time great blues harp players), who
is playing with The Wes Houston Band.
Sadly, the music world suffered a terrible loss with the untimely
passing of Russell in 2006, Ronny in 2011... and then Joe in 2016.
When there was just Joe & I left, we took rehearsal recordings
with Russell & Ronny on them and compiled a commemorative
CD. As a four piece group we were still playing our songs from
the first five albums, along with our own original arrangements
on the Blues and cover tunes of a lot of groups that helped to
form the magical music that emerged from the 60's & 70's. The
magic that made it possible for Rock'n Rollers, Jazz, Blues, Folk
and Country singers and musicians to come together and meld
into great music. No Label, just Great Music! And free flowing
Salt did ALL of it and then some. We used bagpipes on "The
Example" and "Silver Horn", then added some Broadway by
playing "West Side Story" (which evolved into "Urban Renewal").
This is just a fraction of what the members of Salt brought to the
If you remember us....Welcome Back!
If you're experiencing us for the first time...Welcome!
|Bobby (Kurtz) Paiva
Started his professional career with a Jazz quartet but, not
wanting to go "on the road", he quit the group. He got a call
about a group called "The Jewels" who needed a drummer. He
argued that he didn't like Rock'n Roll, but agreed to help out
for one night. That one night lasted almost 10 years, with that
group becoming one of NY's top attractions, plus playing all
over the US and Canada. Then on to "free flowing Salt". He
spent his "break" years writing comedy for such people as Joan
Rivers & Rodney Dangerfield, and as a fine artist.
|Joe Parrino (Deceased)
In the 60's he played with a group called "The Losers", but
don't let the name fool you. They were in much demand in all
the big clubs in NYC. Besides doing session work, he backed
many of the doo-wop groups like Vito and the Salutations, The
Exciters & The Devotions. During his time away from "Salt" he
managed to teach guitar and open his own recording studio,
"OZ". Can't believe you're gone. Really miss you, Bro.
|Ronny Allard (Deceased)
Classically trained, throughout the 60's Ron played with
various well known big bands, orchestras & jazz groups. This
eventually led him to R&B with the Jewels and Rock with Salt.
You left too soon...But your memory lives on in our hearts & in
|Russell Warmolts (Deceased)
Gone but NEVER forgotten. Your bass playing will never be
duplicated. Your impact on this group and our music will
never be duplicated. Your corny, corny jokes will never be
duplicated. We miss you, buddy....But you are always with us.