Kelby MacNayr Quintet

Could be part of the Great Drummers series…..or (fairly) recent events….either way here is a cool piece from the agile mind of Kelby MacNayr, featuring myself, Dan Lapp (trumpet), Tom Wakeling and Miles Black.   1Running...

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Great drummers series-part 2

Great drummers series-part 2

I’m not sure how old Larnell Lewis was when I met him, he was still in Humber. He was pretty young, but already playing great. I hired him for a JazzBeat (the good old days!!) session with Robi Botos and Mike Downes. This is a track from that session.         A few years after that I started working with Larnell in Laila Biali’s band. His considerable talents had become even more full realized by this time and...

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Halibut season

Picked up some fresh halibut fillets from French Creek Seafood today. Just finished eating dinner and it was pretty tasty. I made a sauce by dicing (small dice) a thick piece of bacon and sautéed some finely chopped mushrooms (oysters and shiitake) until soft and added some diced leeks (spring leeks from the garden) and sautéed and deglazed a bit with some chicken stock that I made yesterday. When everything was nice and cooked I added a cup of...

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Great drummers series-part 1

Over the years I have had the good fortune to play with many amazing musicians. Maybe it’s because my rhythmic abilities developed ahead of my other musical skills but for whatever reason I have always had a strong affinity in particular for drummers and focus a lot of my listening energy in that direction. In no particular order I thought I would offer a little retrospective of some of the great drummers I have had a chance to play with...

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Trio video session

In December 2013 I booked the Studio Live venue in Cumberland to shoot some trio videos with Ben Dwyer and Hans Verhoeven. Here is our version of We See.  ...

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