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The Music

The gift of Music has always been a mysterious one to me. I have spent countless hours studying, practicing, listening and working on the craft most everyday for the past 25 years, but for the life of me, I don't know where it comes from. The tunes that I've posted first are old ones. 2001-2003 or so. Lafter came all at once to me, late at night while practicing. I don't even know how, the whole thing just popped into my head. I know it's Mingus-influenced, but I don't think I stole it. Swinga and Phuket are my tunes as well, but the last one, (re)Awakening, is a collaboration between myself and the great Seattle sax player, Brian Kent. We've written a number of tunes together and I'll try to post some more soon. In recent years, the focus of What Army has shifted to an all-improvisational approach as the band membership has expanded. Rarely do I have the same people on two gigs(although some are more regular than others), so I try to allow room for the music to structure itself as we proceed. There is a strong element of groove in my playing, but I'm often experimenting with odd-time signatures, adding or dropping beats, playing pulse time, or no time at all. What does the bass player do when there is no time signature and no key signature? That's what I'm trying to find out. I owe a heavy debt of gratitude to my influences and inspirations. The masters that came before and showed us the way: Mingus, Coltrane, Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Dewey Redman and the great William Parker. Dedication to a craft of this nature requires fortitude. Money, rewards and fame are not the goal. Probably never happen anyway. It's all about the process, not the product.