So I am very happy to revisit late Coltrane again with a great band in Kansas City. We'll focus on music from 1965-1967 but also include a handful of other tunes from the Impulse and Atlantic eras of Coltrane.

Michael Eaton - tenor and soprano saxophones Kyle Quass - trumpet Seth Andrew Davis - guitar, electronics Jeff Harshbarger - acoustic bass Evan Verploegh - drums Marty Morrison - drums + special guest: Dwight Frizzell - wind controller and laptop electronics

Stygian Gates debut at Scholes Street, 5/7/2022

I was honored by the Symbiotique Nonet's debut and performance of Stygian Gates.  SG is of my lengthiest works yet, consisting of twelve episodes variously influenced by Schoenberg, Berg, Stravinsky, and Cage, wedded to a mix of improvisation in several contexts (chord changes, free, twelve tone rows, electronics).  The May 7 ensemble was comprised of various friends and colleagues who I have played with over the years, and it has a marked twelve tone influence that I did my best to incorporate and develop. The inspiration was in part one of John Coltrane's greatest works, the "Meditations" suite, but this was instead inverted to a dark version (as in, a dark night of the soul) with themes drawn from Greek mythology, Jungian psychology, and alchemy.  Seth Andrew Davis also debuted a new graphic work, Floating Sierpinski Triangle, with schemes and orderings of improvisation.  In time, an audio recording will emerge (released TBD, but at least late 2022 if not 2023).  I am deeply grateful to my colleagues for one of the most rewarding artistic nights of my career so far.

I was honored by the Symbiotique Nonet's debut and performance of Stygian Gates. SG is of my lengthiest works yet, consisting of twelve episodes variously influenced by Schoenberg, Berg, Stravinsky, and Cage, wedded to a mix of improvisation in several contexts (chord changes, free, twelve tone rows, electronics). The May 7 ensemble was comprised of various friends and colleagues who I have played with over the years, and it has a marked twelve tone influence that I did my best to incorporate and develop. The inspiration was in part one of John Coltrane's greatest works, the "Meditations" suite, but this was instead inverted to a dark version (as in, a dark night of the soul) with themes drawn from Greek mythology, Jungian psychology, and alchemy. Seth Andrew Davis also debuted a new graphic work, Floating Sierpinski Triangle, with schemes and orderings of improvisation. In time, an audio recording will emerge (released TBD, but at least late 2022 if not 2023). I am deeply grateful to my colleagues for one of the most rewarding artistic nights of my career so far.

Ghost Tantras review from Foxy Digitalis

It's gratifying for Ghost Tantras to receive some love from Brad Rose's Foxy Digitalis.  Kyle Quass and I first played in some capacity in 2006, and Brad Rose discerns the connection that 16+ years has produced.  The album is available now at motherbrainrecordskc.bandcamp.com.

It's gratifying for Ghost Tantras to receive some love from Brad Rose's Foxy Digitalis. Kyle Quass and I first played in some capacity in 2006, and Brad Rose discerns the connection that 16+ years has produced. The album is available now at motherbrainrecordskc.bandcamp.com.

Out now! Paraphrase, on Steeplechase Records

Steeplechase Records has released "Paraphrase", a duo recording from me and pianist Nicki Adams for its LookOut series.  Our piano/saxophone duo originated as an online project during the Covid interim/lockdown of summer 2020.  In April 2021, Nicki and I went into the studio to record a handful of original tunes and arrangements of music by Wayne Shorter, Andrew Hill, Tim Hagans, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, and Thelonious Monk.  I contributed "Blues for Bern" and a new composition, "Phenomenology".  Later on, Nicki and I ventured to Brooklyn's North 5th Street Pier and Park on the East River, where Nicki took the album cover shot.  I contributed liner notes that contemplated our historical placement and era as performers plus some remarks on the arrangement ideas.  Paraphrase is available through major distributors of CDs as well as streaming services such as Apple Music.  I give a sincere thanks to producer/owner Nils Winther for publishing Paraphrase.  Steeplechase has a long history of recording seminal jazz artists like Dexter Gordon, Andrew Hill, Ben Webster, Eddie Harris, and many others.  I have long enjoyed recordings by Dave Scott, Rich Perry, George Colligan, Ari Ambrose, Rick Margitza, Scott Colley, and many other contemporary jazz musicians who have been documented by the label.

Steeplechase Records has released "Paraphrase", a duo recording from me and pianist Nicki Adams for its LookOut series. Our piano/saxophone duo originated as an online project during the Covid interim/lockdown of summer 2020. In April 2021, Nicki and I went into the studio to record a handful of original tunes and arrangements of music by Wayne Shorter, Andrew Hill, Tim Hagans, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, and Thelonious Monk. I contributed "Blues for Bern" and a new composition, "Phenomenology". Later on, Nicki and I ventured to Brooklyn's North 5th Street Pier and Park on the East River, where Nicki took the album cover shot. I contributed liner notes that contemplated our historical placement and era as performers plus some remarks on the arrangement ideas. Paraphrase is available through major distributors of CDs as well as streaming services such as Apple Music. I give a sincere thanks to producer/owner Nils Winther for publishing Paraphrase. Steeplechase has a long history of recording seminal jazz artists like Dexter Gordon, Andrew Hill, Ben Webster, Eddie Harris, and many others. I have long enjoyed recordings by Dave Scott, Rich Perry, George Colligan, Ari Ambrose, Rick Margitza, Scott Colley, and many other contemporary jazz musicians who have been documented by the label.

Coming April 1 to Mother Brain Records: Ghost Tantras

Art and design by Heather Basile.

Art and design by Heather Basile.

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