Album Release and Site Overhaul 

  It took a team of at least four adults, some dedicated  procrastination and an unshakeable deadline but the website overhaul is finally completed. Take a look around..!  and check it out.

But, the website being finished, I am much more pumped to announce my debut album "The Straphanger's Playlist"  is finally out (available on iTunes, Amazon and the rest of them)!  It features music I wrote over the past year, with some tunes taking the whole year to come together and others about 45 minutes, and then reworked before and during rehearsals and sessions to fit band and vibe. In the best traditions of eclecticism I wanted to vary the sound and vibe on each of the tracks so, while the sextet is the core of the album, I also used a string section, percussionist, and I overdubbed myself on the saxophone family on a quintet I wrote to add some timbral variation to the mix.

 The musicians I was lucky enough to get together for this album made it all happen, no question!  With the right people the thousand little details of making an album come together in one coherent whole and I'd like to believe that's what happened here   Mulit-talented instrumental badasses Panagitois Andreou, Jay Jennings, Isamu Macgregor, Aki ishiguro and Mauricio Zottarelli brought the fuego to the recording sessions and crushed it so hard that at least two of the tracks are first takes, zero edits.  Scaaaary.  Do yourself a solid and check these guys out!  Not just on my album (but yes on that one...) but wtih all the other great bands that they currently perform with such as Now vs Now (one of my favorite bands doing the music thing today.   Aboslutely incredible), New York Gypsy All-Stars, Tortured Soul, Snarky Puppy and many many others.

  And one last note.  It's 2015 and CDs are a physical medium of the past.  Even if you don't think so, take that decade old CD sitting by your computer, take it out of the case and hold it up to the light.  See all that light like confetti coming through?  QED, I rest my case.   Still, a new standardized physical music delivery system has not surfaced to effectively compete with the geriatric CD.  In this age of ubiquitous streaming, necessity as the mother of invention has not really dictated the need for a new physical medium.  Still, people see music as much as they hear it, and after spending so much time tweaking the songs, mixes and every other aspect of the recording process, it seemed anti-climactic to just toss all of that work onto a CD and call it a day.  So I decided to try something a little different and put all the music onto a flash drive, demo here--> 

 Slightly unorthodox but still almost impossible on my end to register with all of the current infrastructure that is geared almost exclusively to recognizing CDs and vinyl as the only physical music delivery systems?  Why yes, it is all of those.  But at least it looks pretty goddam cool if I can weigh in on this one.  It only makes sense in this age of 24/7 DIY to make the physical album as individual as the music it holds, so no time like the present to try it out.  Hope you like it.   This physical copy is available in the store section onthe website.

  Thanks for stopping through, and check back soon as I'll be posting gig updates, new music and the whole deal on here.  till next time, ci vediamo

   
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