Saxophone loops, improvisations and instant compositions processed through effects. These pieces were recorded in single takes and all looping was done live for every take.
The recording had taken place in early spring 2016 as parts of America were becoming torn apart over racial injustices, the shooting in Ferguson being the one with the most personal resonance.
I had been reading about the writing and recording of Charles Mingus' "Meditations on Integration" and the different formations it took on the way to being the record we know today. I could see the parallels with what was still happening today and couldn't help but have my heart break a bit more.
The more I thought about what was happening the more I could feel it seep into these saxophone sessions. After listening through the takes and selecting the tracks the theme began to make it self clear. The more I listened the faster the titles appeared and "Meditations for the Midwest" was born.
Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoy.
released February 1, 2017
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