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As you're reading this, I'll be asleep on the 25th story of an apartment building in Xi'an, having just arrived here earlier in the day and played the first of a three night residency with Beijing colleagues pianist Moreno Donadel and drummer Anthony Vanacore, with bassist and The 3 Jazz Club owner Zhang Ke (a.k.a. "Chinese Thomas Morgan") holding it down.
I'm currently traveling in China as a single, as they said back in the day, playing with various local rhythm sections in Xi'an, Shanghai, and Beijing before returning to the States on the 9th. Due to some last minute circumstances, the Blue Note China Jazz Orchestra concerts scheduled for this trip were cancelled, but I'm taking it as an opportunity to decompress and to enjoy at a more leisurely pace my time in China this time around; when I was here a month ago for the BNCJO orchestra (music of Mark Bai), the trip spanned about 72 hours, including three gigs and travel time.
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I got back last week from a 10-day trip to China (Xi'an, Shanghai, and Beijing). I had a good amount of downtime since a few gigs were cancelled, but it was nice to have some space and get myself together before the fall, which is somehow suddenly becoming very busy, it would seem.
In particular, I'm happy to announce that a number of releases (some featuring myself and others not) are on the horizon, many of which are coming out on good, old Endectomorph Music:
Dana Saul — Ceiling (Sept. 13, Endectomorph)
Modern jazz sextet music that sounds like nothing else.
Dor Herskovits — Flying Elephants (out today!, Endectomorph)
Dor's debut, with an amazing title music video he did himself (first one!).
GENTL'R — Gold Cake (out today!)
A collaboration with John Niccoli and Walter Stinson, with electronic dance beats (marking my vinyl debut)
Mute (fall 2019, Fresh Sound New Talent)
Recorded last August, capturing the energy of our co-led band following our tour of Beijing & Seoul. I play the archaic C melody saxophone and clarinet.
Earprint — Easy Listening (Oct. 18, Endectomorph)
The (eagerly anticipated) follow-up to the band's NPR-acclaimed first release in fall 2016. Same band, all new songs.
The Sustain of Memory (Nov. 8, Endectomorph)
My new double album, documenting three different bands with long works composed throughout 2018.
Aside from the slew of CD releases, I'll be around New York the next few months. Fortunately, my next scheduled trip to China isn't until the end of December, so I'm looking forward to settling in to write some new music for trio and quartet and check out shows.
On a not explicitly musical note, I've gotten back into swimming after a 9-year hiatus and it's been wonderful; having spent a lot of time in the pool in middle school and high school and now coming back to it years later, I realize that it's sort of an ultimate wellness activity (cardio, core, breath training, meditation), and it seems to be helping the music, too. Go swimming if you can!
That's all I've got to share with you for now. Thanks for reading and thanks for listening.