The new CD is in production!

Well, I have finally begun recording my new CD.

In one regard, I guess you could call it “Roads Even Less Traveled” since it puts the alto trombone in a context that, to my knowledge, has really never been explored. Rather than being jazz-oriented with walking bass and swing phrasing, its foundation is electronic sounds and beats.

The primary instrument is still alto trombone, using it as the solo voice and stacked for a ensemble effect as with Roads Less Traveled. As I write and record, I am striking what I believe is an ideal balance between the precision of the “machine” and the organic feel of the trombone. I think that marriage will produce some emotionally satisfying and thought-provoking music.

Improvisation is a driving force throughout, even to the point that much of the music itself is being recorded as improvised building blocks, again adding to the organic feel for which I am striving. In fact, I could probably transplant most of the trombone improvisation into a jazz setting and end up with a natural-sounding result.

Gerry Pagano will have a role in this, and I look forward to again getting him up to my Arizona studio to lay down tracks, drink some beer and hike the nearby mountains (not in that order).

I want to write this blog throughout the process in order to keep fans updated and to create a diary of sorts on my journey. I’ll occasionally send out samples to my mailing list, so if you would like to get on that list, complete the short form below.

Mike

 

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