I’ll let Ted Brown introduce this beautiful new recording:
This is the 4th album Brad and I have done together. It is the first time we have recorded with an audience and the first time we have worked with a Hammond B-3 organ.
Brad arranged for us to do it at the Jazz Gallery on Broadway in New York on February 2nd. We did two sets with Gary Versace on organ, Aaron Quinn on guitar, Deric Dickens on drums, and Brad and I on tenor saxophones. I am now 92 years old and was not really expecting this.
It felt really good and we all had a good time. Also, st Brad’s urging, I managed to write a new tune entitled “Watch Out!” based on an old standard called “Sunday.”
Brad and Ted allowed me to come to the recording session wih my camera, so here are two performances that I captured. Know that the sound on the issued download is far superior. Both are Charlie Parker tunes; Brad told me that he picked the repertoire to celebrate Bird’s centennial and his intersection with Tristano. The CD is also dedicated to Lee Konitz for obvious reasons.
SCRAPPLE FROM THE APPLE:
DRIFTING ON A REED (alias AIR CONDITIONING or BIG FOOT):
Now, before you rush to bandcamp.com to purchase this music, may I ask you to do the least contemporary act — that is, to delay gratification? On Friday, May 1, Bandcamp will waive its usual fees and give all revenue from sales directly to the musicians. So if you are reading this on Thursday, April 30, you are too early to make the most effective purchase; if you are reading this on Saturday, May 2, or later, you’ve missed the window of the greatest collective good. But buying the music is the thing to do in any case.
Here‘s the link: now you’re on your own!
In the best of times, the artists who sustain us need and deserve our support. These aren’t the best of times. Act accordingly, please.
May your happiness increase!