The year of Scout! Train puppy to be a good home dog and road dog. Coordinate distribution of Jazz Noir to radio and reviewers. Prepare fresh DMG sets. Focus touring mostly in the northwest region. Fewer gigs, higher fees, larger audiences. Get back to playing long tones every day. Make it a habit. Continue to eat right, exercise, lose weight and build muscle. Take good care of Sassy, Scout, Ninji, Boo and the Fortress of Sassitude. Plant a vegetable garden and a Japanese Maple. Don’t be afraid. Play your way. Find your voice. Get out from under the master’s shadow. It’s time.
We’ve had three terrific recording sessions at studios in Seattle (with saxophonist Jay Thomas, pianist Nick Manson, vibraphonist Susan Pascal, bassist Phil Sparks and drummer Todd Strait) and Oakland (with saxophonist Charles McNeal, pianist Matt Clark, bassist John Wiitala and drummer Akira Tana).
Most of the tracks are now in the can, and the results are beyond our highest expectations.
The fourth and final session (with pianist Bill Anschell) is scheduled for later this month, after which we’ll begin mixing, mastering, design and manufacturing.
In consultation with our distributor, JAZZ NOIR is now scheduled for international release February 20, 2016 on the Papillon/BluePort jazz label.
Watch our teaser trailer and pre-order your copy of JAZZ NOIR here.