Jazz Odyssey? Solo album from Spinal Tap bassist later this year

The wait is nearly over. 33 years after Spinal Tap were immortalised in the greatest Rockumentary of all time, “This is Spinal Tap”, bassist Derek Smalls is set to release his debut solo album, tentatively titled “Small Change”. Plans are also afoot for a tour, hopefully including the high production values of Tap’s “Smell The Glove” shows. This will be the first Tap related release since “Back From The Dead” in 2009.

Smalls has assembled quite a band – Steve Vai, Peter Frampton, Donald Fagen, Chad Smith, Dave Grohl and legendary sessionman Jim Keltner all contribute. No sign of his Tap bandmates, Nigel Tufnel and David St Hubbins yet,  however. 

Songs include “Memo to Willie” – a heartfelt ode to erectile dysfunction, “MRI” and the story of a life on the road – “It don’t get old”. There is no word on whether there will be any material from Spinal Tap’s aborted Jack The Ripper themed musical “Saucy Jack”.

Small’s alter-ego Harry Shearer let the plans slip in an interview with GQ magazine last month. Shearer is still locked in a legal battle with Vivendi/Studiocanal over allegedly unpaid back royalties – whether this has an effect on the albums release date (pencilled in for late 2017), we’ll have to see.