Hope everyone is getting in the holiday spirit. I am happy to say that this Christmas Season has been very good to me and the rest of the band. We have been working consistently since Halloween to some very receptive audiences.
The new material I wrote this year has really been gelling together. We learned it as a band at the beginning of November and have been able to play it at every gig. About 9 new tunes that will be recorded this July at Firehouse 12 studio in New Haven. Can’t say enough how excited I am for this project. The guys like the new tunes and agree that we’re really starting to get a group identity. One thing I’ve always studied was the collective sound that working bands create in jazz. From Miles, Trane, Herbie with Mwandishi, to Brubeck, Evans and the Messengers, there’s a huge difference when you have a steady line up. Once we come around to recording time the band will have played the material for about 8 months. Hopefully the recording session will just feel like any other set and the pressure one feels in the studio won’t be over our heads.
The new record, which doesn’t have a name yet, is going in the same direction as Between You & Me with heavy influences from Herbie’s Sextet from the early 70’s and late 60’s Miles. Again there will be another set of groove based tunes including the 13/4 jam “Mwhile” (meaning teacher in Swahili). With the use of the Fender Rhodes, Andy will be adding a Ring Modulator and hopefully some other snazzy effects. I have another couple of groove tunes ready to go and we’ll probably just record the ones we like best.
The band has a lot of gigs left for December so please come out and support the scene.