The Covid-19 era was one of austerity and limitations for musicians and artists throughout the United States (and the planet). Though I have virtually finished music for another Individuation album, contemporary events initiated a detour and change in direction. I spent most of 2020 and now 2021 fruitfully engaged in free improvisation with friends and colleagues, especially online. After being inspired by a number of artists, and particularly David Liebman's practice of artistically commemorating life passages, I felt the time had come to record not only a solo saxophone document but to start my own record label. So, my latest recording, The Middle Passage, marks my 40th birthday.