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 arranged 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
released May 4, 2021 Gerald Bailey: trumpet, flugabone, op-1, rhodes Leslie Beukelman: vocals Quin Kirchner: drums Sounds by Chris Merill mastered by Nick Broste produced by Gerald Bailey design by Jamie Breiwick (bside graphics)
The Trail single is available on all platforms, including Spotify and Bandcamp. Artwork by Preeti Samraj. Check out her work at Open House Contemporary’s 2020 exhibition Intimacies and Influence Friday January 10 from 7-10 pm. 740 N. Ogden Ave. Chicago, Illinois
It was so nice to work with the jazz students of the Symphonic Youth Orchestra at Marian University in Indianapolis! We talked about improvisation and the combination of technology and acoustic instruments in practice and performance.