I had a chance to catch the New Sam Rivers Rivbea Orchestra at Will’s and Leisure Chief at Tanqueray’s last week to watch some great players for perspective as we prepare for our next phase of recording. Both groups made an impression and played some great material that was so enjoyable. There really is a lot of great music to absorb in this city every week that it can be challenging to navigate. But having more things to hear than you have time for is a problem I’m good with and actually really grateful for. Inspiration, ideas, and motivation are everywhere for us to tune into when we decide to.
As for us, we had a great week of practice for both projects and continue to make progress and keep things interesting. Stars aligned during the last break and an opportunity presented itself to make some cool music, challenge ourselves and grow musically. After defeating the beast known as scheduling we were finally able to get all of us in a room and play some tunes. Here is a sample of the awesomeness that will be available for your listening pleasure in the very near to somewhat distant future. Toward a new week of process we go!
We left off the beginning of last week wired for sound with rehearsals, the Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter performance at Dr. Phillips and the first step of recording the new record on deck. With song list and plan in hand we got in the rehearsal space to finish arranging the material for the recording session. A few tweaks were made here and there while completing the outline of all the parts that described what was going to happen where. Ideas bounced around the room while trying to arrive at just the right balance for each individual composition.
Those productive sessions served as the bookends to a night off to catch the legendary Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter perform. I was blown away and firmly believe Herbie Hancock is playing better than ever. He did so many things on an acoustic grand piano I can’t even begin to comprehend. I heard a lot of people voice their disappointment leaving the show because the entire performance was improvised instead of two hours of everyone’s favorite jazz standards. I just didn’t get the impression this would be a reunion play all your hits gig. In any event I was completely inspired and hung on every note. Wayne Shorter put it all in perspective with a comment about “negotiating the unexpected” that will surely be a integral piece for future explorations. These two did so much with a keyboard, piano, and saxophones. This was truly a great musical experience that ranks at the top of my attended concert list.
Fast forward to Saturday morning and me running late as usual to get to the recording session. We set up and banged out the drum tracks and a majority of the bass and keyboards in about 7 hours. The vibe was perfect for pursuing an amazing record. We arrived at the best idea and did our thing. I went back Sunday for a few hours to finish my parts and that was a rap for phase 1. I can’t thank our engineer Zack enough for being awesome, passionate, knowledgeable, and Charlie Hustle on the spot. He and Travis had great ideas and a superb vision of the audio image for the session which was nicely sitting in my blind spot and not even a consideration on my part. So last weekend was easily the best most productive recording session I’ve every been a part of and I can’t wait for you to hear the finished result.
Next we’ll be supporting Copper Bones at the CD release party at Will’s Pub on June 11th with Jernigan and A Brilliant Lie. There are a lot of reasons to catch this gig so mark your calendar and be there for some amazing local goodness! In addition I may or may not be able to confirm the possibility of a Leslie sighting at the above mentioned gig but you’ll have to show up to Will’s at 9pm to find out. So get on them interwebs to inform your peeps and let’s make this an awesome night of local music. Great bands, one of the best venues in town and you will be a great time.
So this week we get back to the grind with a rehearsal for a top secret side project, preparation for phase 2 of operation new record, and the work continues on backlogged ideas for even more new music. We’re keeping it fresh and moving because creativity never stands still. Stay tuned and check our social media for updates on the new record because new music is awesome!