Well we had a great time on Monday at the Oxford debuting the new quintet – lots of folks out to listen and the band sounded awesome! It was great to revisit some Ocular Concern tunes and some even older ones from my original Sextet, and also some brand new stuff including “9/14”, a song I wrote with a few new ideas – lots of repeated notes in a more classic “minimalist” fashion and a section with improvisation based on the intervallic relationships that make up the theme. A bit nerdy, but another step in the quest to not write the same composition over and over. Here’s a bit of audio of that one and some excerpts from other pieces that went well. “Opal Lake” is a new version of an old Ocular Concern song that features Dave on bass clarinet, “Cheap Fast or Easy” is something I wrote quite a while ago for a tour in Ireland, and “The Eclectic Piano” was a co-composition of me and Dan Duval’s from the last Ocular Concern album:
Looking forward to the next quintet gig on December 11 at LUME!
Meanwhile, I’ve been diving into the amazing music of Andrew Hill recently, and am going to start playing some of it with a new group here soon. I’m listening to a lot of his records in chronological order at the moment, and will post some thoughts on them next week.
Still swinging out frequently with the Old Hat Jazz Band and playing twice a month at a great swing dance in Holborn called Tuesday Wild Times as well. More stride piano!!