Thanks so much to everyone who has checked out the videos/the album! It makes me really happy to know that people are listening and enjoying it.
I’ve decided to start posting some of the transcriptions I do on YouTube so people can check them out and follow along – I do think that the best way to learn a solo is “by ear” (ie memorizing it before writing anything down) but I also think it’s really neat to see how things look on paper. Some things that sound surprising are actually really normal on paper, and some things that sound really normal and natural are actually pretty weird when you see them written down.
There’s a few up already but here’s my lift of Steve Lacy’s solo on Petite Fleur from “Hot House,” a duo record with Mal Waldron. I love this duo – two extremely distinctive and idiosyncratic musical personalities whose music together always sounds timeless. Lacy’s solo here is a masterclass in getting the absolute most out of every single note and every single phrase while sounding relaxed and ‘vocal.’ Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
for the full sheet music, send me a message using the contact page here!
Please enjoy this first video of the “Breakglass Sessions” series, featuring some of my tunes played by my quartet and septet! This one features Marie Fatima Rudolf on Rhodes, Mathieu McConnell-Enright on bass, and Guillaume Pilote on drums.
I wrote this tune a few years ago inspired by a hearing a rhythm (the 3+2+2+3+2 figure you can hear at the ends of the A sections and during the interludes/outro) in a Kočani Orkestar tune and thinking it was just a very cool way of dividing up a measure of 12/8. I’ll be releasing these videos weekly for the next little while so stay tuned! Also, once all the videos are released, the music will be available on Bandcamp and all streaming platforms!
recorded at Breakglass Studio by Milo Johnson, filmed by Nick Jewell, and mastered by Jon Kaspy. thanks also to Will Bennett for guidance on the mixing.
This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters.
I’ve been working on writing and rehearsing some new quartet music this year, and we were able to record and film(!) it at Breakglass studios this past weekend. I’m excited to share it with you but in the meantime here’s a couple of screen grabs since we were all too in the music to remember to take photos!