It’s been more than awhile since my last update, and as I sit here watching a documentary on Michelin 3-star restaurants, I figured I’d let the interested listener know what’s been keeping me busy.
This Friday I’ll be headed back to sunny California, both to spend time with family and go into the studio with bassist, composer and friend, Garret Lang. Some of the music recorded will be somewhat of a reunion for a group we used to have named Dejahbu!, which was two tenor saxes, two upright basses, and drums. I’m super excited to make sounds with these guys once again. We’ll also be playing a show at The Blue Whale in LA on Tuesday, July 16 at 9pm alongside the INIMITABLE Ari Chersky and his trio. If you haven’t heard Señor Chersky, you should take a cross country ride on his recent album “Scenes from the Zephyr“.
Check out a beautiful tune Garret wrote, Heart in the Palm Desert, that was recorded about a year ago with Garret and Ross Gallagher on upright bass(es) and myself on tenor.
In other news, I recently had the pleasure of performing with my brand new group at Sycamore in Brooklyn. This was the unveiling of a handful of new compositions that originated as short sketches written on piano and casio keyboard (my new favorite toy!) in the past year. Thanks to Jon De Lucia for asking me to be a part of that night of great music, his band rocked it too. As these sketches became more developed, I began thinking about the appropriate and desired instrumentation and musicians for the music, which included Travis Reuter on guitar, Noah Garabedian on bass and Craig Weinrib on drums. My hopes are to go into the studio and record soon…
Here are two tracks from the show (Love, from Disney’s Robin Hood, features some raw and emotional vocals from the entire group):
Professor Brian O’Blivion
Love (from Disney’s Robin Hood)