Point of DEPARTURE
01 Symptom 02 Bottom of the Ocean 03 Fusion 04 MB 05 Awhile 06 TKT 07 Divergence 08 Patterns 09 Stories of Yesterday 10 Destination 11 Distance 12 Convergence 13 Near The End 14 Syllogism 15 2844 16 Wasteland
CURRENT STATUS: In production, scheduled for 2019 release.
By 1998 I was starting a voluntary, but obligatory purge of blues vocabulary from my repertoire. At times I was more successful at some times than others. Tracks like “Bottom of the Ocean” and “Doorways to Outside” are outliers with another angle on bluesy licks. The first being rock and the second being jazz. The opener, "Symptom,” operates from a new musical territory. I was not able to play a blues lick in that track. So I considered it an instant success with my new rule of “no blues allowed.” At some point during the learning process, we begin to troubleshoot unusual, spontaenous musical problems. If we’re lucky we get a taste for exhibiting an accurate portrayal of the moods in the presence of creativity. We can go beyond a major or a minor chord and the piece of music, if we’re lucky, can begin to inform itself. In the same way we learn to improvise strings of learned words as sentences, I was learning to create sentences and paragraphs that were in a different language from where I began. It was by all means a point of departure from where I thought I’d be when I started learning, where I accelerated the learning process, where I began practicing with others, where I began performing and where I expected anything to go. These tracks showed that I was starting somewhere else again.
Special Thanks go to Tara Tillison, Shawn Pierce and Nathan Young.
Rough mixes, instrumental run-throughs, demos, etc