February 9th 2012

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Another two months blows by. Mixed the new Resonance Ensemble album (“What Country Is This?”/Not Two Records) at Chicago Mastering Service with Bob Weston on December 19th and 20th, and recorded the final sets for the upcoming DKV Trio boxset (also for Not Two) on the 27th (Milwaukee) and 28th (Chicago); there are now 12 cds of material to review, going back to July of 2009. January was also busy on the recording front- on the 10th and 11th I recorded with Eric Revis’ 11:11 project, a quartet that also includes Jason Moran and Nasheet Waits. The session took place at Brooklyn Recording, was engineered by Katsu Naito, and co-produced by Orrin Evans. A dozen pieces were finished over the two days, all in one or two takes; most compositions by Eric but also one each by Michael Attias, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, and myself- quite a cross section of ideas! Only had one concert in January, a solo performance to celebrate the release of “Mark In The Water” (Not Two), followed by a set with Tim Daisy and Peter Evans. A number of new records were released in this period: “Sketches And Ballads,” by Full Blast & Friends (featuring Peter Brotzmann, with Marino Pliakas, Michael Wertmuller, Thomas Heberer) [Trost, lp & cd]; “OTO,” by Sonore [Trost, lp & cd]; “El Infierno Musical: a homage to Alejandra Pizarnik,” (organized by Christof Kurzmann, with Martin Brandlmayr, Eva Reiter, Clayton Thomas) [mikroton, lp & cd]. In addition, the first album by Double Tandem, “Cement” (with Ab Baars and Paal Nilssen-Love), was completed for Nilssen-Love’s label, PNL, to be released in early spring.