Wednesday, April 8, 2015

10 albums of recent interest

I've been listening to a lot of music lately.  Here are 10 of my favorite records I've checked out within the last few months:

1. Deerhoof - La Isla Bonita

2. Skuli Sverrisson & Oskar Gudjonsson - The Box Tree

3. Laplante/Dunn/Smith - Ancestral Instrument

4. John Carter Octet - Dauwhe

5. Skuli Sverrisson & Anthony Burr - A Thousand Incidents Arise

6. Aphex Twin - Syro

7. ICP Orchestra - East of the Sun

8.  Steve Lehman Octet - Mise En Abime

9.  The Fully Celebrated Orchestra - Drunk On The Blood Of The Holy Ones

10. Arthur Blythe - Blythe Spirit

Friday, January 30, 2015

Tonight in Philadelphia

4722 baltimore ave, 8pm, suggested donation

Sam Weinberg - tenor saxophone
JG - alto saxophone
Matt Engle - bass
Mike Szekely - drums

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

some things I'm in the process of working on

Been a while since I've written anything on this blog. So here's what I've been up to since the last time.

I've been working on a new record with Deric Dickens, Jaimie Branch, Brian Brunsman, and Ross Gallagher, which serves as a tribute to the music of the great alto saxophonist, Jimmy Lyons. The incredible Jimmy Katz, has been engineering the session, and it's a pleasure to work with him. We've done a couple sessions up in New York so far, and I'll be doing one more in August, duo with Deric Dickens, as an attempt to kinda capture / pay homage to the classic Lyons - Cyrille duo recordings.

I'm also honored to be featured on drummer, Steve Olson's, new record, "Conversations," which just came out this July. It is a duo record with a bunch of really talented, inspiring musicians: Mike Formanek, Dave Ballou, Todd Marcus, Andrew Delclos, Tony Martucci. I'm really flattered to be included on that list.

I also am on another record that just came out, called "The Trees Are Calling Us," by singer and pianist, Myra Murphy. It features myself, Josh Machiz, Kevin Ripley, and Noah Jarrett. We play some standards and some free improvisations.

I've been writing a lot of music lately, and I went into the studio last night for the first session with a new group with Dan Ryan, Brian Brunsman, and Will Redman. A record will follow. Soon.

I also am in the process of writing some music for a new band with Sam Balcom on drums and Zack Branch on cello, currently untitled, but we will be playing some shows in Baltimore this fall. A new composition of mine that I recorded on my iPhone, duo with Sam, is up on soundcloud. (

I'm also getting ready to go into the studio again with Jimmy Katz, with a new trio with Deric Dickens and Toby Summerfield. We will cut a trio record, hopefully in one session. More news about that soon.

I've been making some changes in my life that are really proving to be beneficial. Thinking a lot about how to be happier, more positive, more appreciative, more thankful, and more loving. It's so easy to get dark in this world where technology makes everything so convenient and efficient, but valueless, and social networking is not helpful with this. I read a great article today from the New York Times, and one phrase really stuck with me: "Love People, Use Things." The music is not a thing and it's not a person. It's a force. And I need to submit to this force. Let the force carry me and the music will come. It will flow. When I'm "creating" and really in the moment, the music is not coming from me, but through me. We are just vessels. Vessels for the breath. Vessels for the music. And I've realized there's nothing wrong with positivity. There's nothing wrong with optimism. Optimism is not naivete or idealism. I drove past a church last night on the way to a recording session and saw a sign that said "Optimists laugh to forget. Pessimists forget to laugh." I'm not religious at all (spiritual, yes) but I think that phrase is pretty good. I'm trying to only focus on the now; I'm not trying to forget anything, but also not trying to dwell on anything from my past. Just trying to be, and make honest music that feels good to me and good to others. If you buy the notion that artists are healers, then we need to make music that will heal us before we can expect it to heal anyone else. That's all for now.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Interview on Search & Restore blog

My buddy Sam Weinberg asked me some questions about my tour next week with Triage. Check it out!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

beautiful things that I experienced this week:

Philip Seymour Hoffman's performance in Synechdoche, NY and Magnolia
Brad Mehldau - Elegiac Cycle
black birds perched on power lines
Invisible Cities - Italo Calvino
seeing a rat flattened on the sidewalk; smiling joyously
the photographs of Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison (
Morton Feldman - Triadic Memories
Rothko (specifically "Black on Maroon")

Friday, January 3, 2014

first days of 2014

i've been in florida for the past week and will be returning to philly tonight to see my lovely girlfriend. i'll be in baltimore for the week writing music, then back to doylestown to play with triage at maxwells on main st. on saturday 1/11.

our tour is basically booked for february:

2/16 baltimore windup space
2/17 brooklyn manhattan inn
2/18 portsmouth the press room
2/19 burlington radio bean
2/20 brooklyn douglass st music collective
2/22 philadelphia chris' jazz cafe

happy 2014