Jon Garelick of the Boston Globe included “Unanimous Sources” in his Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2020″ list. He heard it on WWOZ. Read the article here: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/12/24/arts/jon-garelicks-top-10-jazz-albums-2020/
Over the summer, Matt Wright and I got together to improvise some music on our trombones. Matt then made a video to go with the sounds. The video and title grew out of our conversations on perspective, and social and consumer responsibility. This was premiered on a Versipel New Music program, and you can see it here now.
In 2017, I got a call from Jonathan Freilich to record some horn parts he wrote. It turned out to be a session with producer Hal Willner (RIP) and U2. Unfortunately, Sir Elton’s part was not recorded at the same session…
The record is finally out.
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Bang A Gong (Get It On) · U2 · Elton John
Bang A Gong (Get It On)
℗ An Island Records recording; ℗ 2020 Universal Music Operations Limited
Released on: 2020-09-04
Producer: Hal Willner
Studio Personnel, Mix Engineer, Recording Engineer: Marc Urselli
Associated Performer, Piano, Vocals: Elton John
Associated Performer, Vocals: Bono
Associated Performer, Guitar, Recording Arranger: The Edge
Associated Performer, Bass Guitar: Adam Clayton
Associated Performer, Drums: Larry Mullen, Jr.
Associated Performer, Trombone: Trombone Shorty
Associated Performer, Baritone Saxophone: Ray Moore III
Associated Performer, Tenor Saxophone: Brad Walker
Associated Performer, Trombone: Jeff Albert
Associated Performer, Trumpet: Ashlin Parker
Associated Performer, Trombone: Charles Halloran
Studio Personnel, Mastering Engineer: Howie Weinberg
Composer Lyricist: Marc Bolan
Ohmme is one of my favorite bands, and Macie Stewart and Sima Cunningham are the guests on this episode. We talk about their new record, the music business, making videos, and I fanboy a little.
Errata: I misspoke in the episode and said Fox hall is in Kansas City. It is not. It is in Chicago. I knew that. My mouth is just faster than my brain.
From Inside Higher Ed
“The model examines a hypothetical large university of 20,000 students and 2,500 instructors who interact daily for 100 days. The mean class size in the simulation is 24 students, with 90 percent of classes having 50 students or fewer.
Each day in the model, there is a 25 percent chance that one individual on campus not in quarantine, who has not already been infected, can become spontaneously infected by nonuniversity contact, a rate researchers said was rather low compared to other estimates.
In the absence of any intervention at all, the model suggests that all susceptible community members would acquire COVID-19 by the end of the semester, with peak infection rates between 20 and 40 days into the semester, even if the semester begins with no infections.
A standard intervention, consisting of quarantine, contact tracing, universal mask wearing, daily testing of 3 percent of the university population and large classes (30 or more students) moved online, suggests a slightly rosier picture, with infections kept below 66 people in 95 percent of simulations.”
It is possible to do this in a smart way with responsible amounts of risk. #maskup
Of course if the students are not willing to follow guidelines…
In a turning of the tables, I am the guest on this week’s episode of The Jazz Session. Jason Crane is the host and he has the longest running jazz interview podcast. He is loads of fun to talk to and we hit plenty of non-jazz topics. Hear it here: https://www.thejazzsession.com/2020/06/17/the-jazz-session-526-jeff-albert/ or in any usual podplaces. I would like to note however that we recorded the interview on May 14 or 15, about 10 days before the murder of George Floyd.
Quin Kirchner is a Chicago based drummer and composer. he and Jeff talk about Quin’s new record, releasing music on vinyl, djing, and more.
Unanimous Sources will perform our first concert since the lockdown as a livestream from The Nest504. This will be livestream only with no in person audience and the stream will be available on The Nest’s twitch page and on Facebook. The crew at The Nest do a great job with sound and visuals, so it should be a good audio visual experience.
It does seem weird to be promoting a performance while our society is in the middle of dissolving/re-inventing itself (depending on how full you think the glass is). As musicians what we know how to do is make music, and part of the impetus for this band was a way to say something about the state of our society. Please join us if you can, and we will do our best to help you feel something and hopefully make you think. #blacklivesmatter
Jonathan Freilich is a composer, guitarist, and bandleader in New Orleans. He and Jeff have been friends and colleagues for over 20 years, and here they converse about theirs creative processes, how presentation of music effects performance, and changes in the scene.
https://www.cosmickrewe.com/ (Michael Ray’s website)