2014 promises to be a very intense and interesting year.
Pretty much my whole year will be taken by one very big project: The 2014 World Tour with the new Pat Metheny Unity Group supporting the release of “Kin”, our latest album.
This tour will take us all over the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America starting January 3rd stretching all the way to November.
This new group is a revamped and augmented version of the Unity Group which premiered in 2012 with Pat Metheny on guitars, Chris Potter on saxophones, Ben Williams on bass, myself on drums. The new addition in the Unity GROUP is Giulio Carmassi, an amazing multi instrumentalist from Italy who plays piano, sings, woodwinds, trumpet and everything in between. The main difference is that the Unity Band was a basic jazz quartet with a mini Orchestrion featured on one cut of the album. On “Kin”, the Orchestrion has been augmented in parts and size and is an integral part of the band and the compositions which makes it sound very full and lush but maintaining the versatility of the core quartet. Be sure to catch the show somewhere. It’s going to be truly unique.
In other news, last December I finished recording my upcoming and 4th solo record. It’s a very special project to me because I was able to record with some old friends and some new friends that I’ve been a fan of for a long time but that I never quite got to play too much with. It’s a star studded cast of who is who in jazz and I’m deeply humbled that they were gracious enough to make time in their busy schedules and record with me.
The name of the album is “Three Times Three”. It consists of three trios playing three tunes each: two originals and a standard that I arranged for the occasion.
I wanted to make the sound of the trios as varied as possible but maintaining a common line between them. I’m extremely happy with the results.
In “Three Times Three” I’m joined by:
-Brad Mehldau and Matt Brewer
-John Scofield and Christian McBride
-Joe Lovano and John Patitucci.
The record will come out under CamJazz the same label which has put all my solo efforts so far. I’m very thankful for their enthusiasm behind this project. I’m hoping for a summer release.