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.
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!
For a limited time I’ll be sharing some of the tracks from MOBRO on my soundcloud page. Today’s feature is 2nd Rejection featuring Sachal Vasandani and Ryan Scott. Enjoy!
Super grateful for all the support for MOBRO in Japan. This one is from the magazine of Tower Records in Japan. Now I just need to get a friend to tell me what it says…
Click here to read it: JazzTimes June 2014