Brian’s work as a composer/arranger has paralleled his career as a jazz pianist. All of his releases as a leader have showcased his composing and arranging capabilities. As a sideman, he has contributed compositions to releases by Kieran Overs, Roy Patterson, and Roy Styffe. Brian is a regular musical contributor to the Mike Malone Writer’s Orchestra and is currently planning a jazz orchestra release of original new material.
This tune is named after the idyllic, if oddly spelled town nestled in the Delaware valley in the Catskill Mountains – one of my favorite places.
So named because of the semitone ascending root motion. I originally set out to find non-traditional voicings throughout the tune, but gave up after six bars or so – probably with more musical results!
This triplety ballad was written in the fall (hence the title) a few years back. One thing I was trying to do here was write in a lyrical, melodic way yet still using very large intervals (there is a minor tenth that keeps turning up). When I finished it, I realized that it does share some qualities of the music of one of my heroes, Wayne Shorter.
Spring Sprung In
This optimistic little ditty has been around for a long time and has been recorded many times by myself and others. There is a newish big band version that will hopefully be recorded soon.
This tune was written when I was experimenting playing and writing in odd meters. The alternating 7/4 and 6/4 are put together in a very simple sounding groove, to me, somewhat reminiscent of a thumb piano. It is named after a Moroccan dish.
The Fischer King
I have always loved the music of Brazil, and the playing and writing of Clare Fischer. This is a tribute to them both.
Dedicated to another fly-fishing location, this composition has been recorded many times, most notably in a duo format with one of my favorite musicians, Kenny Wheeler.
A rather rude little ditty with an apologetic name, I have played this tune many times in a trio format as well as in a quartet setting with Jerry Bergonzi.