I love the Saxophone/Bass/Drums tradition pioneered by Sonny Rollins and Ornette Coleman, and developed by many others, one of my favorites being Joe Henderson, Ron Carter and Al Foster. I’ve been playing a lot of trio over the years, and four different groups have become regular outlets for me. The newest is the group on my most recent CD as a leader, “Time Being,” featuring Jeff “Tain” Watts and Robert Hurst. On the recording we explore my original music, a couple of standards, and a variety of rhythmic adventures I called sculptures, where we experiment with playing in different tempos simultaneously.
Armacost/Lepore/Petrosino is also a relatively new group. We had a regular gig in Brooklyn, playing every Tuesday for over a year starting in 2017, and have recently moved to a new regular location on Sundays, at Understudy, a new venue on Flatbush Avenue. We were invited to Khartoum, Sudan in December of 2018, and were deeply impressed with the musical culture there. We learned some Sudanese melodies, and included them on our brand new recording, “Khartoum.” We also tried for the first time bringing a social activist perspective to the fundraising for the disc – we included donations to Al Sudaniya Mentoring (Link) in our Indiegogo campaign. Political turmoil led to the cancellation of our second tour, but things are settling into a better place now, and we are eager to return in the new year.
In Trio is celebrating the release of its second recording, “Cascade,” on Centaur Records. Harvie S, Christian Finger and I have been playing together for many years now. We have moved from playing mostly known material, to focusing on original music in the last couple of years, and I have been taking my first stabs at using some electronics with the alto flute, to create a different kind of harmonic atmosphere.
Finally, Intercontinental Jazz Trio is into our third decade. This is my longest running association, with musical brothers Shingo Okudaira and Joris Teepe. We started with a regular gig in NYC in the mid-1990’s, have toured three times in Japan, three times in Europe, and are due for more gigs in the US! Two recordings are out, both made in Holland, so it’s time to record in Japan.