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A note about the album from the Owl trio

Starting the OWL Trio should have been an obvious move for the three of us. We've played together in each others' bands, and bands led by other great musicians, more or less since we met in New York ten years ago. The musical kinship that we share has been there since the beginning, a precious occurrence in jazz, and one that we didn't want to waste. And yet, we had very few trio performances under our belt when our friend Jimmy Katz called us about a new space he'd found that he wanted to use to record. When we arrived, unrehearsed, at this cavernous, un-renovated, unheated church we were equally suspicious of how on earth we were going to adapt our playing style to this most unusual of acoustics for a jazz group. But, more or less as soon as Jimmy started rolling and we began calling an endless array of standards and free pieces, hardly ever doing more than one take, a sound emerged. It's a sound we couldn't have produced anywhere else, and also one that we couldn't have come up with any combination of musicians. What we heard when we listened back to the audio was the product of our years of musical association, with the catalyst of an unexpected location, and we knew it was the start of something. We hope it's the first of many recordings to come.