Monday, July 4, 2011

One Great Day reissued...

One Great Day reissued...
Over the years many folks have asked me about this 1996 recording. As with a number of my projects on the hatOLOGY label it has been out of print for quite a while. So I'm pleased to announce that "One Great Day" has just been reissued (and with a new cover). Here's a short text that I wrote for the back cover of the reissue:

I'm gratified that the rerelease of “One Great Day…” coincides with its inclusion in the Penguin Jazz Guide's “The History of the Music in the 1001 Best Albums”. Of course there are countless recordings deserving of attention and reissue. This group managed to tie together the fractured reality of my musical universe at the time. The acknowledgement is appreciated.

You can order the reissue of "One Great Day" directly from my website using Pay Pal.

Here is a live video performance of the title track "One Great Day" from a 2001 appearance in Barcelona, Spain:

This was the first in a long series of recorded projects that I have done for the legendary Swiss label. hatHUT records has been operating since 1975 and the catalogue contains an immense amount of great music covering many aspects of the contemporary improvising scene. Hopefully the rest of my work (and that of many others) on the series will be reissued as well. I'm informed that there is a deal in the works to make more of the catalogue available on-line. I'll post further news of that as I know more. As for new projects, hatOLOGY will be releasing the next recorded project from "Different But the Same" (Liebman / Eskelin band) which contains my Chamber Music America commission "Non Sequiturs - for two tenor saxophones, bass and drums". Look for that in March 2012.

More on TRIO NEW YORK...
The reviews for my latest recording "Trio New York" (prime source) with organist Gary Versace and drummer Gerald Cleaver, are coming in. Point of Departure has posted the first review which you can read on their site.

And there is an article in the August issue of DownBeat Magazine about the project, available from their site about my "Organ-ic beginnings".

"Trio New York" will be touring Europe from January 18th - 29th, 2012. The website will contain the full itinerary as we get closer to the time. See some of the the posts below for more information about the band and some samples from the recording.

Recent activity in NYC…
Played the Rhythm in the Kitchen Festival with bassist Drew Gress and drummer Gerald Cleaver on May 27th. This festival is produced by a neighborhood organization called the Hell's Kitchen Cultural Center and has run for about five years now. I always enjoy this event. Here's a video clip:

I also played on the NYC "River to River Festival" on June 25th with "Future Quest", a project put together by vocalist Theo Bleckmann and drummer John Hollenbeck which plays the music of Meredith Monk. Both Theo and John have been performing in Meredith's ensemble for many years. Also on the band was fellow saxophonist Tony Malaby and keyboardist Erik Deutsch. I'm thrilled to play in this project in as much as Meredith Monk has been a key figure influencing my musical imagination since first seeing her one woman show at PS 122 in 1994. Her focus and sense of timing is incredible and was an inspiration on some of the early pieces for my band (with Andrea Parkins and Jim Black). Her materials are sometimes deceptively simple but her music is deep and never fails to move me to the core. I hope this group continues to be active and perhaps even record.

This summer I will be coming to Switzerland for a special project with bassist Christian Weber and drummer Michael Griener. And there will be a number of European tours with various projects happening into 2012. More on those things in an upcoming post...

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