Back when Out of Your Head Brooklyn was taking place at Threes Brewing in Gowanus, I invited my good friend and Signal Problems leader Danny Gouker to co-curate a cycle. One of his more courageous lineups was a set of three bass players and three trumpet players. It worked, so he booked a recording session in a church. That worked too, so we released it under the title Sanctuary. We think this ended up being pretty damn cool, and so did the fine folks at pfMENTUM who decided to release it. Trumpets and Basses is Danny Gouker, Kenny Warren, and Jake Henry on trumpets, and Will McEvoy, Zach Swanson, and myself on basses. Album art by the ever-amazing TJ Huff (huffart.com). Recorded at Cadman Congressional Church and mixed by Nathaniel Morgan at Buckminster Palace, and mastered by Wayne Peet at Newzone Studio. It is OUT NOW–please check the links below for a few listens, commitment free.
I am a Myk Freedman. You are maybe a Myk Freedman too, but you maybe are not. Lap steel guitarist Myk Freedman is definitely THE Myk Freeman, and he put a band together some years ago to play his amazing songs. Myk has two full books of one page songs that can be played in a variety of styles at a variety of tempos, and still work to make you feel things. A year ago, to the day, we recorded this music in Brooklyn. That day (and most days) the Myk Freedman’s were Myk Freedman (lap steel guitar), Patrick Breiner (reeds), Kenny Warren (trumpet), Jason Vance (banjo/spoons), myself on bass, and Carlo Costa (drums). You’ll notice many frequent collaborators in there, which is a good sign for a great recording. The record came out today, exactly one year after it was recorded. It is good and it is different and I think many of you out there will enjoy it. Feel free to take a few free listens via Bandcamp. If you like what you hear I recommend buying it.
The very fine people at happylucky no. 1 records (mainly and completely Liane Fredel, who paid for the recording, musicians, pressing, and did the amazing art and layout herself) did a great thing for us by putting out this record. We’d love to pay them back in some small part by selling a few of these and getting it heard by the world. I hope you enjoy it! If you do, please spread the word. You can check it all out here:
My good friend and great trumpeteer Jake Henry is taking over a monthly series at the LaunchPad in Brooklyn called Sounds and Sounds. Jake will be presenting concerts of creative and improvised music the second Saturday of every month. This past Saturday was the first concert of the series and I was excited when Jake asked me to put a group together for it.
The group featured on the concert was a brand new band (this was our first ever performance as well) featuring Kenny Warren-trumpet; Mike Gamble-guitar; Devin Gray-drums; and myself on bass. We premiered a piece of mine entitled Airports, and it was truly an honor to have these amazing musicians play my music and to be able to perform with them.
I traveled a lot by plane this past Summer/Fall and this piece was conceived as a way to productively use my time while sitting alone in an airport. Not a very clever title. Anyway, the concept is that it’s written for quartet in five movements. Each movement three people have a written part and one person is left to improvise their own part. The final movement is through-composed for all four musicians, and each movement is open for group improvisation. This particular performance took the form of one long piece, with improvised sections connecting the movements. I’ve provided a link to the LaunchPad performance below. Feel free to share with your friends, download, put in your computers recycle bin, etc.
Airports (A. Hopkins)–performed by Kenny Warren-trumpet; Mike Gamble guitar; AH-bass; and Devin Gray-drums