Shortly before the pandemic Macramé Brass met up at Experimental Sound Studio to record one short set’s worth of music. The idea was to simply capture some of the sounds and ideas that we developed during our monthly residencies at Dorian’s Jazz Club and The California Clipper in Chicago.
Meditation (January 26, 2020) is group improvisation recorded shortly after hearing of the fatal helicopter crash that took the lives of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant.
Mezcal Caravan is an adaptation of a lofi beat instrumental by Charles Mantis that was adapted for the band.
Larb was written to fit the vibe at Dorian’s.
Macramé is a lofi beat instrumental that is sometimes used as an interlude during live performances.
released September 15, 2021
Trumpet, Flugabone, Op-1: Gerald Bailey Tenor Saxophone, Flute: Nate Lepine Sousaphone, Bansuri Flute: Matthew Davis Drums: Clif Wallace Artwork by Jamie Breiwick Engineered and Mixed by Ralph Loza at Experimental Sound Studio Mastered by Nick Broste
If you are attending Moraine Valley Community College do not miss this opportunity to sign up for my music appreciation class. Take a helicopter tour of what the entire history of music has to offer in one semester! The next class I teach will be offered in March of 2014.
Black Bear Combo is a four to six member brass/reed band. It is described as a raucous mutt channeling the common energy between traditional music from eastern Europe and the Balkans, punk rock, and free jazz. The band will be performing on the main stage of the Milwaukee Ave Arts Fest on Sunday July 31st at 2pm.