The latest musical effort here at Rancho Frio Studios is an improvisational duo with drummer Peter Riccio. There really isn’t an official name for this project. There have been a few performances so far and they have all used different names. We play at the Outer Space in Hamden, CT on April 1, and that performance will be under yet another name: Journey to the Twin Planet. That is the name of a track from the Jack Dejohnette record Special Edition (1980, ECM). There was a time when ECM was putting out some of the best and most unique recordings, and those recordings largely hold up very well. So while I can guarantee that nobody will mistake JttTP for a Jack Dejohnette project, it is a tip of the hat to a man I consider to be one of the best ever to pick up the sticks.
Peter and I go back a long way, and it is great to be playing some music together again. A few years as bassist in his band the Sawtelles was a major turning point in my musical life. Playing in an ensemble while being able to retain my own voice on the instrument is something I had never truly enjoyed, and playing in the Sawtelles opened a door to that process that I continue to develop today.