The Brubeck Octet Project

My new album, The Brubeck Octet Project, will be released on July 12th! This is my first studio Octet album and the band couldn’t be better: Scott Robinson, Jay Rattman, Brandon Lee, Becca Patterson, Glenn Zaleski, Daniel Duke and Keith Balla.

I will be printing this record on vinyl and CD, I think it deserves it. If you would like to help me with the fairly hefty costs, you can contribute to the tip jar below. Anything over $30 dollars gets you an LP!

Here is the first little clip from the session. Stay tuned for more info!

New Record Up For Preorder

My new trio album is up for preorder on Bandcamp, and will be available in CD format and streaming on July 11th.

With this group I wanted to pay tribute to my mentors, and to focus on group interplay. Tatsuya Sakurai plays guitar and Aidan O’Donnell is on the bass. We’ve been playing together for 15 years.

The repertoire ranges from jazz standards to Puccini and I mostly play clarinet for the first time. I chose to play Clarinet in A, as I love the darker sound, and don’t get to play it hardly enough.

I hope you like it, I’ll be sharing more tracks shortly but in the meantime you can check out 3 of the tunes on bandcamp now!

Playing with Peter Ind, in a manner of speaking

Happy to have found these playalong recordings that bassist and Tristano student Peter Ind recorded way back in 1969 called “Time for Improvisation.” Just walking through some of the favorite tunes of the Tristano School. You can check them out here:

I always loved Peter’s ringing tone on the London Concert recording with Lee and Warne.

I’ve recorded with a couple of the tracks in anticipation of actually getting to play with people again!

Check it out!

Thanks to Peter who is currently 92 years old living in England. You can see him in action here in 1977 with the great Louis Stewart:

Speaking of the bass, my Bach Shapes bass clef edition is selling well on Amazon! If you are interested pick up a print or kindle edition there or the PDF on my site!

Lead Sheet Download and Analysis: “Sax of A Kind” -Warne Marsh

Today I transcribed Warne Marsh’s head on “Fine and Dandy,” “Sax of A Kind.” Since it appears to be a hard one to find a lead sheet for I am putting it up here in Concert, Bb and Eb.

“Sax of A Kind” – Lee Konitz – Concert Lead Sheet

“Sax of A Kind” – Lee Konitz – Bb Clarinet Range Lead Sheet

“Sax of A Kind” – Lee Konitz – Bb Tenor Sax Range Lead Sheet

“Sax of A Kind” – Lee Konitz – Eb Alto Sax Lead Sheet

The new episode of Jazz Ideas, Episode 11, covers this melody and some of its highlights.