In 2008 I spent a few days with an amazing group of musicians:
Joshua Redman, tenor saxophone
Ron Miles, trumpet
Devin Hoff, bass
Ches Smith, drums
Scott Amendola, drums
Joshua Redman and I had gotten to know each other when SF Jazz presented a double bill of my trio Plays Monk and Josh’s trio featuring Joe Lovano. Later I invited Josh to sit in with my quintet, and he suggested that we make a record together. Ron Miles and I are both from Denver and I had always been crazy about his playing so I invited him (this was before we recorded Go Home). Of course anything can happen when the rhythm section is Good For Cows.
We rehearsed for a day and then recorded at the legendary (and lamented) Bay Records in Berkeley, California. The session had a loose, swinging feel, and we tried a wide range of tunes, from the avant-swing of “Evolution” to the exuberant funereal march of “Possible,” and I even made an arrangement of Bob Dylan’s version of “Satisfied Mind."
Like many fine products, this one then took some time to itself in order to age properly before making its way into the world. But here it is at last, ready for your dedicated listening.
released February 19, 2013
Ben Goldberg - Bb clarinet, contra-alto clarinet
Joshua Redman - tenor saxophone
Ron Miles - trumpet
Devin Hoff - bass
Ches Smith - drums
Scott Amendola - drums (on The Because Of, and Possible)
All compositions by Ben Goldberg, published by NJAMIN Music (ASCAP), except
Ethan’s Song by Ethan Goldberg and Ben Goldberg;
Satisfied Mind by J. H. "Red" Hayes/Jack Rhodes, published by Fort Knox Music (BMI)
Produced by Jeff Cressman
Recorded February 9 and 10, 2008 at Bay Records, Berkeley, California
Engineered by Jeff Cressman
Mixed by Mark Orton at Camp Watertown Studio in Portland, Oregon
Mastered by Jon Cohrs at Spleenless Mastering, Brooklyn, New York
Original Artwork by Molly Barker
Graphic Design: Anna Singer
BAG Production logo: Molly Barker
Joshua Redman appears courtesy of Nonesuch Records
supported by 15 fans who also own “Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues”
This quintet has acquired legendary status as a working unit...all the musicians are exemplary at their craft and DD is one of my 'Big5'...he is an exquisite composer of both depth and breadth of vision...you can instantly recognise Dave's DNA in a tune...what's more, you feel there is also so much more to come!;his powers of expression are so special.
These compositions are from the heart and I can only suggest that you take them to yours...
supported by 14 fans who also own “Subatomic Particle Homesick Blues”
Jimmy easily would have fit in with this outfit, and it would have been a joy to listen to for another reason. These musicians are engaged and perform at the top of their game, every piece. Kenneth Pyron