Tom began his music career playing violin in orchestras at an early age and was earning union-scale by the age
of 13. He has recorded on numerous albums including Gregory Page’s Romantic Adventures of Harry (1994, Bizzare/Planet),
and has recorded with drummer Aynsley Dunbar. Tom has “a powerful voice” according to radio personality
Sleepy John of KPIG in Freedom, CA. He is also an audio chip architect, a published author in the field of digital
audio, and holds patents in digital audio processing. His background led to the interesting origin of the band name,
Superior Olive. Jacob asked Tom if he knew anything in the brain that had to do with music or sound. Tom
recalled that Superior Olives are the complexes in the brain that decode stereo hearing – the parts of the brain that
tell if sound is coming from the left or the right. Thus was born the name.
NEW SUPERIOR OLIVE CD RELEASED WITH DRUMMER AYNSLEY DUNBAR
Superior Olive has joined with drummer Aynsley Dunbar for their latest album, entitled Ziggurat, released on the Santa Cruz-based Still Fumin' Records label. The CD comes packaged inside a comic book that narrates the music, telling a twisted tale of ancient history and the human condition. The music integrates pop rock with classical music and Gregorian chant using a traditional rock lineup, sprinkled with world instruments such as sitar, conga, and djembe.
Bandleader Tom Savell sings vocals and plays guitar, violin, and keyboards on the album. Joining him are his brother Joel Savell (bass, vocals, artwork), Aynsley Dunbar (drums), Carl Wakeland (grand piano), Anup Patel (sitar), Jacob Save (vocals, percussion, producer), and Jorge Bermudez (percussion).
Aynsley Dunbar has recorded on a number of top hit albums. He recorded and toured with Frank Zappa for many years. He was an original member of Journey with whom he recorded their first 4 albums. Among others, he has also recorded with David Bowie, Starship, and Whitesnake.
Carl Wakeland is a classically trained pianist with a passion for jazz. He has performed with artists as varied as Don Ho and Freddie Hubbard.
Jorge Bermudez has recorded with Malo and Crowded House, and performed with Pablo Cruise and Santana.
Superior Olive held a CD Release Party for Ziggurat on July 14, at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, CA. They are currently planning a West Coast tour.
Ziggurat is available through our online music store, by calling (831) 465-9474, and at all Superior Olive performances.