Happy New Year everyone! Here’s a little recap of all the records I played on as a sideman that came out last year. Of course MOBRO came out last May, as well. 2014 was a pretty good year for recording as it turns out.
Otis Brown – “The Thought Of You”
Miguel Zenon – “Identities Are Changeable”
Fabio Gouvea – “Escolha”
Emilio Solla Y La Inestable De Brooklyn – “Second Half” (Nominated for a Grammy!)
Edward Simon – “Venezuelan Suite” (bass clarinet only)
Craig Brenan – “Autonomic Robots”
Madison Rast – “Madison Rast Quintet”
Brian Charette – “The Question That Drives Us” (bass clarinet only)
Anne Mette Iversen and Double Life – “So Many Roads”
Helen Sung – “Anthem For A New Day” (very small cameo appearance on bass clarinet)
The Holmes Brothers – “Brotherhood”
Alon Nechushtan – “Venture Bound”
Dara Tucker – “The Sun Season”
Honored to be in such distinguished company: http://www.wonderingsound.com/list/best-jazz-albums-of-2014/
Just a few days ago I posted a MOBRO sampler on Soundcloud. If you haven’t listened yet, it just got a lot easier! This 15-minute sampler gives an overview of the journey, and you can read the program notes in the description. Don’t forget to buy a copy if you like what you hear. Digital version available here.
I’m thrilled to be presenting some new music next weekend at Smalls with a new group featuring Kevin Hays, Mike Moreno, Matt Clohesy and Kendrick Scott. We’ll mostly be playing material composed during my time as a resident at the 18th St Arts Center in Santa Monica, where I was the 2014 Make Jazz Fellow. Two sets starting at 10:30pm.
I’m so honored to have been a part of “The Thought Of You”, Otis Brown III’s new release on Blue Note/Revive. Otis is an old friend from back in the New School days, and this record is like a family reunion of sorts. Pick up your copy here.
I had a great conversation with my friend Leo Sidran the other day for his podcast called The Third Story. You can listen here. Enjoy!