In 2007 I was invited to the Saalfelden Festival in Austria to play my first ever solo concert on electronic drums. It was to be in a small hall, maybe 300 people, in the afternoon. But then, some weeks before the date, there was a cancellation, and so my concert was moved to a prime time evening slot in the main tent - 3,000 people.
I was a bit anxious because the electronics could be iffy - I imagined all sorts of horrors from small program glitches to my main unit not functioning properly at 220 volts and frying, to, oh, I don't know, maybe a complete electrical catastrophe where I blew all fuses, set the tent on fire, and thousands of people cursing me as they ran for their lives.
None of that happened of course, it went off without a hitch. But I did do one smart thing - instead of the festival MC, I got my old friend and Jazz legend Steve Swallow to introduce me, because he is the soul of serenity and I knew nothing would dare to go awry after his vibe. So that is the voice you hear at the top.
released November 23, 2017
Bobby Previte, Ddrum 3 electronic drums, acoustic drums.
So good, I bought this twice by mistake! An album that, while full of intense mood, remains accessible. I struggled to pick a favourite track, but the way the tension builds on Vessels is simply irresistible. Mike Kidd
Reading these Hendrix-meets-Coltrane reviews, I couldn't resist this weeks Cuneiform Reecords special-offer. Again... ;-)
And yes, among many other things and the bands very own handwriting, at least in places above mentioned comparisons are valid. And while guitar and sax may take center stage, double bass and drums shine, too!
Cosmic music from the sweet sunny north... Carsten Pieper
It's almost hard to believe there's any space for Tim to fit in when they play this stuff as a duo! The magical uber-complex counterpoint flowing from and resolving to the killer tunes has a similar feel to the full band Berne but these are clarifying in their complexity - you can understand all the moving parts on the same level. Also perhaps the best showcase of Mr Mitchell's solo skills I've heard - he's fully in his element! Giles