I am very excited to announce that my new recording, The Creep, has been released. This album features longtime friend and co-conspirator Ron Horton on trumpet (Herbie Nichols Project, Jazz Composers Collective), as well as two very swinging young musicians on the bass and drums - Paul Sikivie and Ulysses Owens, respectively.
To celebrate and support this release my quartet is hitting the road on Monday (April 2) for a densely-packed tour that will take us as far south as San Diego, and as for north as Vancouver, BC, and lots of places in-between, including that long expanse of Northern California where there doesn’t seem to much of anything, save for a curious place to refuel the mini-van: the sleepy city of Weed, CA. (Wonder why it's sleepy...)
Because this tour will take us to the West Coast, and my hometown of Los Angeles, I will see many close friends and relatives, as well as reunite with people I haven’t seen for years, decades even. A huge group from my high school is planning a trip to Vitello’s in Studio City. One of my best friends in the 5th and 6th grade, actor Arye Gross (he was costar in “Soul Man” with Rob Lowe, and was in the TV show “Ellen” with Ellen DeGeneres) is coming as well. I am excited to catch up with Arye, whom I think I last saw on the playground playing four-square.
One departure from the other gigs on The Creep tour is the quartet’s lecture/performance of “Portrait in Seven Shades” at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art on April 3rd. We will be playing several movements from this long-form piece that was originally performed and recorded by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. It is going to be a challenge to represent this music with such a scaled-down group (and especially without a piano), as there is much harmony that will be largely “implied.” We had a rehearsal yesterday, and the cats played the s#!t out of the music.
It has been a very intense and often exhausting process getting The Creep out. This is the first release I have done not associated with an established record company. In fact, I set up my own. It’s called Plastic Sax Records. The name is inspired by several things: two of my favorite alto saxophonists (and probably the two greatest innovators on their instrument), Charlie Parker and Ornette Coleman, both used a Grafton plastic sax at different times. The alto, looks very stylish, with it’s off-white acrylic body and brass key work, and art deco-inspired clear plastic key guards.
Another reason for the name is that “plastic sax” was the name of a character I played in a film called “Chaography: Variations on the Theme of Freedom.” In this film I play a character based (very loosely!) on Ornette Coleman.
I have to say that starting your own record company and releasing your first recording tests you to see just how committed you are. I’ve passed...
The Creep is available on iTunes, Amazon, and just about every digital portal you can think of. You can also order hard copies from my web site: www.tednash.com.