Golden Lemur – ‘Nature Has No Reverse’

Keepin’ the recordings comin’! This project is one of my favorites. Hayden Hawkins, Zach Lane, Alon Tayar and I have been playing music for years and we were fortunate to visit Alon in Copenhagen last year to play a few shows and take in the sights. At the end of the week Alon reserved a room at The Rhythmic Music Conservatory that he attended to record this collection of original music and improvisations.

Nature Has No Reverse reflects our respect for the chaotically beautiful world we live in and the energy that permeates it.

SHWILSON – ‘walter’

Last year was a doozy. But out of the manure of 2017 grew this beautiful flower. After spending many days and nights tracking at my home studio, SHWILSON went to Seaside Lounge and recorded our new album, walter. It was a therapeutic way for me to manage some real anxiety issues I had developed in the past couple of years and helped me through the exploration and healing process. I also got to try out some new toys! While I still have a love for vintage Casio keyboards, I acquired a Korg Poly-800 and the Roland JU-06, from their boutique series modeled after one of the kings of the synthesizer, the Juno-106. I also now have a nice collection of little sound-makers that were utilized on this project:

I’m sure most of us have seen the Netflix series, Stranger Things, and loved the 80’s synthy soundtrack. It’s debatable how tv and movie production sometimes uses nostalgia to attract audiences. Some say it is a cheap way to evoke pre-existing emotion based on past experiences. But I personally enjoy remembering simpler times, and for me, these sounds remind me of the movies, video games and general culture of my childhood. Times before laptops, social media and looking at your cell phone every five seconds. So yes, I’ve created this music to help me, and hopefully some of you, to slow down and remember what is important.

Buttons Montgomery

Last summer I came home one day to find my friend and roommate, Zach Lane, working on some tracks in his room. He asked me to record some sultry sax on top and thus was born Buttons Montgomery! Here are the three tracks we made, and by “we made” I mean Zach played bass, drums, guitar, percussion, vocals, composed, engineered and mixed, and I improvised on sax. I recommend listening while sipping a finger of whiskey, laying on the beach or driving cross-country.

Be sure to check out Zach’s other project, Sleeveless Tina, and stay tuned for a release by his group Hitz and Bitz, featuring Curtis Macdonald, Travis Reuter, Jason Nazary, Zach and myself, coming soon!


It’s been a long road and I’m excited to announce the release of my debut album, SHWILSON, on Fishkill Records! Available at

This debut album under my alias, SHWILSON, is the result of 15 months of collaborative work between myself and my talented friends. I was initially introduced to the Casiotone MT-100 keyboard by Claude Rosen, Anthony Lamarca and our old Webster Ave. family. Something about its 8-bit sounds and drum grooves reminded me of vintage horror movies and video games I grew up loving, and for some reason it was much easier for me to compose on than piano or saxophone.

It was challenging to break away from the “jazz” and saxophone world I’ve know for so long, but I purchased my own Casio on ebay for 40 bucks and began expanding my meager home recording setup with a few effects pedals and recording gear and started tracking. Much of this was done with Curtis Macdonald under his sonic tutelage, recording one part at a time, always tweaking things and discovering happy accidents.

Huge thanks to bossman Curtis Macdonald for his musical and technical gangsterism, time and patience. None of this would have been possible without him. Thanks to Tobia for putting up with our drunken late night sessions and supporting the project every step of the way. And big thanks to all the musicians on the record for eternally crushing it! Zach, Hayden, Corey, Travis, Claude, Peter and Alon; you guys really make this music come alive and give it the vibe it has.

Also thanks to Mom, Dad, the rest of my loving family, Ross, Danny, Ari, Big Butter and the Egg Men, Louise, Olive, Hundoozle, Philpott, Kev, JRat, Bob Price, Tom and Levon and the Tiny Montgomery crew, all my New School homies, Alex Overington, Chris Berry, Marina Oriente and all my other friends that make this planet a better place.

Watch out for Fishkill Records, coming at you with new releases by Sleeveless Tina, Ross Gallagher, and The Danny Fisher-Lochhead Large Ensemble. I’ll be giving more Fishkill updates soon.

I had a blast making this album and hope you get some sense of hilarity and feel-good vibes from it!

Utopian Dreams/Dystopian Visions

Ross Gallagher’s new album Utopian Dreams/Dystopian Visions has been released! We spent two days in Chris Hoffman’s studio this past summer tracking these gems, soon to be released on Fishkill Records.  Ross is a brilliant composer and bassist and I’m happy to have been a part of this project.  Available at  Rad artwork by Ross’s dad too!

New Releases!

The year of the album release!  I am happy and grateful to be a part of these projects and share them with you all.

Big Butter and The Eggmen

I’ve probably been a member of Noah Garabedian’s Big Butter and The Eggmen longer than most groups I’ve been a part of, and I’m excited to announce that after recording this album over a year ago, it’s finally been released.  This group is a blast and Noah wrote some badass stuff, we hope you like it!

Big Butter


DFL Tools of the Abstract

Multi-reedist, cellist and composer Danny Fisher-Lochhead wrote some beautifully creative music for this large ensemble to perform and record last year and it has also just recently been released.  He utilizes some interesting and unconventional compositional and improvisational techniques that takes the listener on a sonic journey.  I hope you have as much fun listening to it as we did playing it.  You can listen to and buy the album at

Stay tuned for a few other upcoming releases!

Garret Lang + New Group/Music

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.

California/Garret Lang

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.


New Music/Group

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

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Love (from Disney’s Robin Hood)

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Frame of Reference

Hot off the press!  Great musician/saxophonist and flying dutchman, Ben van Gelder, has just recently released his debut album, Frame of Reference.  It features Aaron Parks/piano, Peter Schlamb/vibes, Rick Rosato/bass, Craig Weinrib/drums, and Ambrose Akinmusire/trumpet and myself/tenor sax on one track.  I feel fortunate to be a part of this project and everyone should check it out!

I’ve also included a throwback track of us playing Thelonious Monk’s Light Blue at the 55 Bar from 2009: BVG/alto sax, KW/tenor sax, Ben Street/bass, Craig Weinrib/drums

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