How did ideas start for recording your latest album? I talk to my record label a lot and we throw all kinds of ideas at each other about different concepts==so we think out loud about a lot of concepts till we hit on something that works for both of us-and usually have we have a coherent concept everything else falls in line.
What should people expect from your live show? That myself and my band will give it our all to be as honest within the music as we can be.
Rumor has it you never want to play with the Antipop Consortium again? I love those guys a lot–are they even still together–anyway I am focused on acoustic jazz but ive talked to priest lately about a piano laptop duet with him, don’t know if it will happen but I am open to it.
What musician that you used to play with, that you haven’t played with in a long time, would you like to play with again? David S. Ware but he is dead so will not be happening.
Since avant-garde jazz has been along for so long; is it actually passe & straight jazz now radical? Anyone finding there own voice within any idiom is radical-we really can not think of straight ahead vs avant garde-we must think what is any particular person doing on there instrument–even though I am thought of as in the avanta garde-I do not romanticize the so called avant garde–whatever any musician does I just want to hear a song from there heart.
Is there something that people always say about your music that people get wrong & you would like to get straight once and for all? Well I’d like to never see a comparison to Cecil Taylor again–thankfully that stopped about 8 or 9 years ago.
What artists in music get lots of praise that don’t deserve it? You don’t want me to go there–I can think of someone in particular but I don’t want to dump on him-he is out here trying to get his thing off so more power to him thou he is bullshiting.
What are some recent albums you have bought? Wow-I bought some old stuff I had lost a long time ago–a Clifford Brown cd–plus money jungle by Duke-Mingus and Max–I also got that new Coltrane, cd-one down one up.
What artists used to be great but went wrong after a certain time [jumped the shark]? People need to do whatever they need to for for there own needs-if making a bunch of money is more important than the music then more power to you-I don’t want to put down anyone for making the decisions they feel they have to make in there life.
How did you get on your record label? Punk rock icon Henry Rollins produced a couple albums of mine in the 1990s on his label 2-13 61—they had a distribution deal with thirsty ear–so when henrys label slowed down I went directly with thirsty ear.