Happy New Year everyone, (and for all the Spinal Tap fans this should be a great year because it goes...to 11!) 2011 is starting off with some exciting events on the musical front for me. First the new CD that I recorded with the Tom Dempsey/Tim Ferguson Quartet, featuring Joel Frahm on saxophones and Eliot Zigmund on drums, is almost finished. This recording sounds really fantastic and I'm as excited as I've ever been about any album I've been involved with. The group plays beautifully together and I think the recording quality is stellar. Tom and I have been working diligently over the fall with our friend and engineer Sal Mormando at Kaleidoscope Sound and we've finally finished the mixing. The recording is now in the hands of Gene Paul and Jamie Polaski at G & J Audio for mastering, and we should have it back in the next week. We're in negotiations with various labels and hope to have a deal soon so that the CD can be released in the next couple of months. I'll keep you posted here and on Facebook when we know the date and have a live performance booked for the release. This recording is in the pre-release period that I like ti think of as "the calm before the calm". I also made another recording recently with my trio Inside/Out which consists of me, Rob Henke on trumpet and Diane Moser on piano. This is a really interesting and adventurous group and I think the recording is very special. It's a combination of original compositions by the three of us, a few pieces by other jazz composers and a healthy dose of improvisation. I'm currently in the mixing stage with this one so it will be a little longer before it's released, but I'm hoping for a spring "street date". More to come on this as it develops.