The Creep," my new recording, is scheduled for release on March 27th. There are so many personal precedents being set by this release, and I am very excited about every aspect of it.
I have decided, after years of being associated with an established record label, to release this myself, on my new label, Plastic Sax Records. I think this is great step in moving forward, and in keeping with the new market we are in. In addition to the CD format, we are printing up a limited edition of collectible vinyl, which will beautifully present the wonderful illustration by Jonathan Ashely. When you pre-order this LP you will also receive a download card, allowing you to enjoy the music digitally as well.
This is the first recording of mine on which I play only the alto sax. On most of my recordings I have favored the tenor, but for this music, I have embraced the alto full on. Some of the music was originally written for the film by Douglas Chang, Chaography" (still in production) in which I act and perform with my quartet. My character is based loosely on late 50s Ornette Coleman.
This is also the first recording I have made without a chordal instrument. There is nowhere to hide in this very open environment; it feels free and loose, and I am very comfortable, supported by the beautiful playing by Ron Horton on trumpet, Paul Sikivie on bass, and Ulysses Owens on drums.
Immediately following the release of The Creep," my quartet will be doing a tour of the West Coast, including my hometown Los Angeles. It's always great to come home. We are playing some great venues, many of which I have never played with my own group, including Anthology in San Diego, The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Vitello's in Los Angeles, The Center for The Arts in Grass Valley, CA , Ivories Jazz in Portland, Cellar Jazz in Vancouver, Yoshi's in San Francisco, and Kuumbway Jazz in Santa Cruz. For complete tour info, click here. /> If all goes well this will be my next release. I am thinking spring of 2013.