March 19, 2013 § Leave a comment
This weekend, as part of my spring break, I’ll be heading into Mighty Fine Productions in Denver to do an impromptu recording session with my old friends Patrick Park
and Jeff Linsenmaier. Patrick, Jeff (and Sera Cahoone on drums –yes!) and I played in a post-adolescent band called Idle Mind just out of high school. We recorded for the Boulder upstart label Schmow Records.
Jeff joined after our first bass player left. We went to NYC and made a record with Kurt Ralske from the 4AD band Ultra Vivid Scene. Alas, the record never came out. Patrick moved to L. A. and I joined Jeff in The Czars in 1997.
Jeff eventually left The Czars to focus on Munly and the Lee Lewis Harlots. More recently he’s been an auxiliary musician for The Fray and the amazing Wovenhand, a project od David Eugene Edwards from 16 Horsepower, the first band to take The Czars on tour.
Patrick Park went on to L.A. to work with David Trumfio (Wilco, Earlimart) and recording under various labels.
After leaving The Czars, I went to graduate school, made solo records that I self-released, and continued to play with great Denver Musicians like Ron Miles, Eric Moon, Glenn Taylor and Porlolo. Recently I produced two songwriters’ records: Joe Sampson’s Kill Our Friends (Fellow Creature) and Esme Patterson’s All Princes, I (Great Than).
I have no plan for the studio with my two old friends this weekend. No one is bringing any songs. I guess we are going to “jam.”
The late great saxophonist, Steve Lacy once said of free improvisation, “If it’s not magic, it’s just research.” It may well turn out to be just research this weekend, but it will be good to see my friends.