New web-site and a new Point of Departure recording
I have finally updated my hopelessly out of date web-site. Actually, we have just built a brand new web-site instead and I think it looks pretty good. You can read the latest news about all my projects here and also listen to samples of my music from my various bands. There's a nice photo gallery as well.
You can check it out here
Point of Departure
went into the recording studio for the first time in 7 years last November and we just recently finished post production on the CD. I'm really happy with the results. The CD is really two different CDs. There are some tracks with most of the original band (Nir Felder, J.D. Allen and Matt Clohesy), a coda of sorts or some unfinished business that I thought we had to get on record and then there is the rest of the recording that features the band with the personnel it's had for the last few years, an amazing collection of great young talent (Kush Abadey on Drums and Ben Eunson and Travis Reuter on Guitar). Myron Walden, a veteran of almost all of my previous bands also joins us here on Tenor Sax. As with our previous CDs, the music featured here is all material from the late '60s and early '70s, continuing our quest to further explore and redefine the music from that turbulent era. This time around we do tunes by Tony Williams Lifetime, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Charles Moore, Kenny Cox, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson and the Brazilian avant-garde/fusion group Grupo Um. This is the first recording we have done that features the two guitar line-up that I originally envisioned for this group. It took years to find the right combination of guitarists and I finally found it with two amazing young guitarists that I'm sure you will hear more about in the near future, Ben Eunson and Travis Reuter. I anticipate the CD will be released in the Fall and in the meantime, you can preview a track (the Wayne Shorter composition "Two Faced") on the homepage of my new web-site.
The Cookers to tour Europe in March as we prepare to record our new CD.
The Cookers will embark on a two week tour of Europe on March 9 that will include stops in Sevilla, Madrid and Barcelona, Spain, Szczecin, Poland, Berlin and Kassel, Germany, Geneva and Fribourg, Switzerland and Nice, Schiltigheim and Paris, France. This is going to be our first time performing in many of these cities and it will also be the first time the band will appear in Poland. We look forward to meeting many new friends and revisiting with many old ones in the coming weeks. On this tour, we will begin to preview the music we will record for our next CD which we will be recording in April and will see a September 2016 release. We have been rehearsing all this new material over the last few days and I have to say I'm really amazed by the high quality of the music these guys still bring in on a regular basis. They are still writing fresh, vital music and I'm just thrilled to be part of all this. I'm really looking forward to fleshing out all this great music on the road and getting into the studio to record it. We will also do some warm-up gigs in the New York area before we go into the studio. I will update you about all these in the next newsletter but I will mention that we will be at Smoke March 25-27.