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Editors’ Notes

For more than 10 years Tommy Guerrero has been serving up laid-back, California-style instrumental mood music that pulls funk, jazz, dub, Latin, and slow-burning soul into its orbit. Performing on both guitar and bass, Guerrero is skilled at assembling satisfying head-bobbing grooves that fully sink in without meandering or growing tired. His guitar solos are tasteful and logical and blend smartly with funky drumming, organ, melodica, congas, flutes, and trumpet, all of which add texture and depth to these 13 cinematic compositions. The album flows by at a relaxed pace while offering good variety. Some tracks run sunny and smooth (“Yerba Buena Bump,” “March of the Masses,” “The Lonely and the Only”), some are trippy and fluid (“Bullfights On Broadway,” “The Last Maverick”), and others sound like film noir soundtracks (“On the West,” “Nomadic Static”). Lifeboats and Follies, his seventh full-length, delivers more mellow gold from the consistent Guerrero. Follow the groove and enjoy the ride.

Customer Reviews

Tommy Guerrero the Composer

We all know that Tommy Guerrero was a founding member of the Bones Brigade, but his skate career seems dim compared to the kind of music he makes. Sadly, I think the music often goes unnoticed. Tommy makes incredible Jazz to the point that I believe he has ushered in a new genre combining latin, acid, bop, avant-garde, funk, rock, etc.

Tommy deserves the respect and attention of music lovers everywhere, especially within the Jazz community. He has numerous projects where he excels in creating seminal works of art.

A Sonic Collage

Lifeboats and Follies is by far Guerrero's most fully realized sonic collage. The tide of groove remains, but is formed by the far denser and complex interplay of an expanded quiver of instruments and sounds. The simplicity of Tommy's early work was catchy, but the expansive compositional skill that has shown itself amongst the tracks here is cinematic in scope, offering a richer, more muscular tone and greater depth of emotion.

"Lifeboats And Follies alternately shocks and cools like a gazpacho." - Dan Nishimoto, Prefix Magazine

"The album's electric-guitar-licked, organ-riding, Latin-flavored tunes were penned by the former street ripper himself. And the two minutes and 17 seconds of 'Que S'est-il Passe,' ...sound like Ry Cooder coordinating a jam between Booker T. and the M.G.'s and Los Lobos." -Ian S. Port, SF Weekly

"[Lifeboats and Follies is a] full-fledged songcraft, using keys, melodica and trumpet (the latter courtesy of Marc Capelle) to serve up melodies as infectious as those Latin-inspired syncopations. Seriously cool stuff." -Metromix Twin Cities

"Lifeboats and Follies... keeps expectations high and curiosity rampant." -John Bush, AMG


i know of few artists that consistently produce amazing music, Tommy Guerrero is in a league beyond most modern day musicians. Absolutely fantastic addition to his already amazing discography.


Born: September 9, 1966 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Tommy Guerrero may be better known in the world of skateboarding than music. Born in San Francisco, Guerrero joined the skateboard company Powell Peralta in 1985 and became one of the original members of the legendary "Bones Brigade" team. Always interested in music, Guerrero was a fan of the high-energy punk music that surrounded the early-'80s skate scene. Since then, Guerrero has become an accomplished bassist and guitarist with influences as diverse as John Coltrane, Latin Playboys, and Tortoise....
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