After I released Long Pair Bond on 11/11/11, the obvious thing to do would be to release the follow-up trio album on 12/12/12, but we missed that date. It was too close to Christmas anyway. And since there is no 13/13/13 (thank goodness!), Distilled will be released on my wedding anniversary 7/19/13, and it is available for pre-order as of today!
For now, Distilled is only available directly from me via Bandcamp. Both the CD and the download are available for pre-order… and CDs come with a download. When you place your order you will be allowed to download the sample-track only. On the release date (7/19/13) CDs will be mailed out and everyone will be emailed a link to download the album.
In many ways this is a continuation of my last album, Long Pair Bond, which features the same trio: Þorgrímur Jónsson on bass and Scott McLemore on drums. The album consists of 4 of my compositions, 3 by Þorgrímur, 2 by Scott and 1 Paul Motian composition. Plus there are a couple of "Spins" (improvised pieces) which is sort of a continuation from my album The Dream.
I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to develop this material in front of wonderful audiences over the past year. Two of the concerts on the west coast were recorded and broadcast, and I'm hoping to post these recordings to give a point of reference for how some tunes mature.
Tomorrow, Sunday March 24th, my trio will be playing a Virtual House Concert as a part a 24 hour worldwide music fest to commemorate Tuberculosis Day. We go on at 16:30 GMT. This is pretty cool! We'll be playing in Iceland, the sound technicians are mixing from Italy and you'll be listening from wherever you are. Please check the extensive schedule of performers and join us by visiting StazionediTopolo.
Brrr! We got clobbered with snow in Iceland today and I was hoping to escape it to warm, sunny Washington DC, but it's just as bad there now! Hopefully it won't interfere with our travels.
We were so excited to get the call to be included on the Kennedy Center's Nordic Cool festival, and now to be able to go as the official band of Reykjavik is quite an honor. It's only March and it's already been a heck of a year. We're looking forward to recording another trio album when we get back, but for now please come see us Friday in Washington DC and/or Saturday in Charlottesville if you have skis or a toboggan. Details are here.
19 Eugene OR
We served ourselves some lovely mix of avocado, berries and cacao nibs for breakfast. It beats "Awful" House. Tweeted out a call for a recommendations for the best coffee house in Eureka but with no reply defaulted to Starbucks. The old houses in Eureka are amazing. We were sure the Adam's family originated in one of them. Scott drove and the bambi-watch had ended and the elk-watch begun.
Driving up the coastline to Crescent City I wasn't sure if I was more blown away by Bud Powell's solo break on Celia, the totally killing chocolates by Michael Mischer that our friend Artemis brought to our Berkeley gig, the waves of the Pacific Ocean, the elks chillin' by the road or the size of the Redwood Trees. I think Paul McCartney must have been driving this way when he wrote The Long and Winding Road. (read more…)
Our tour of the US is going great. We've been so busy that we haven't had a moment to post updates but here are the 1st 3 days.
16 Berkeley CA
Scott had forgotten his shoes in VA so the first order of business was to hunt down a Camper store and get the boy some shoes. We took the bus in and felt like we were in China. The bus reeked of ammonia and people were covering their face with their hands and clothes. Looking around I noticed a homeless guy who looked like someone had puked over his hair. The bus driver eventually kicked him off. A brutal reminder that some people are less fortunate than others. The guys got all shoed up at the camper store and we're going to petition for a "camper tour support." (read more…)
Things are crazy busy. I'm preparing like a maniac for our 2 week bi-coastal tour of the US and there are just not enough hours in the day. It is funny to think back to some of the hurdles we had to overcome in the past when touring. Like when the bass broke, or when FedEx operator thought Luxemburg was a city in the country of Europe, or when we drove all the way from New York to Detroit and had to turnaround because of the Northeast Blackout of 2003. Well, in the midst of all the craziness of booking last minute gigs, flights, rental cars and radio interviews it's a pleasant surprise to see a video of one of our tunes created by a listener up on You Tube.
I just returned from Bremen where I attended the JazzAhead conference for the second time. Last year I almost canceled last minute then almost didn't get there because of a row of canceled flights. Well this time it was a smooth journey and it didn't hurt to have my trio with me. At first I was a bit overwhelmed at the conference. I didn't have a plan and I asked myself "What am I doing here?" Then I started seeing familiar faces and …oh my, tapas at the cafeteria! Oh yes! (read more…)
Last September I headed over to Germany with my quartet for some gigs. We landed in Frankfurt and when we stepped off the plane we saw a suitcase fall from the luggage compartment and hit the pavement. We made some jokes about it then went inside to wait for our luggage. After waiting for a while and a bit longer than that we started sharing lost luggage stories and instrument related mishaps. We were quite relieved when our luggage including the double bass finally showed up. The bass was in an over sized flight case which we had to store at the airport. When we opened the case Toggi, the bassist, almost fell on the floor crying, (read more…)
I'm just smiling inside and out. My new album "Long Pair Bond" is out and I am getting great feedback from reviewers and listeners. I especially love all the personal notes that people are sending me through various social media sites. I know that if someone takes the time to sit down and write me a note that they really mean what they say.
The title track is available at AllAboutJazz as a free download and an editor left the following comment:
"Wow, wow, WOW! So damn pretty. This song has the restrained ambiance of a typical ECM-label piano trio, but with the buoyant soulfulness that makes Keith Jarrett's 70's American Quartet such a joy to listen to. Highly recommended."
How awesome is that? Or this one by Jon Wertheim:
“Too much spaciness can wreck a good album, and too much earth can, too. Long Pair Bond gets pretty darn close to the perfect balance.” – Adevout Musician
These comments make me feel good. Releasing a CD is a long road with a lot of work so knowing that your work is appreciated by someone out there is very valuable and encouraging.
If you would like to buy "Long Pair Bond" directly from me and you live in Iceland leave a comment or send me an email (my address is in the far right column), if you live outside of Iceland you can order it from my shop. If you like it gift-wrapped and sent directly to the recipient drop me a note. (I ship from USA for USA customers and from Iceland to European customers).