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The Berklee Sessions released today!

The Berklee Sessions is out today on CD, digital, and all streaming services. The CD is the culmination of a wonderful collaboration with Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner), whose artistry I have admired for years. As The Wire Magazine generously wrote: “It hits the kind of open ended all-consuming groove to be found in The Necks, Tortoise or Miles Davis in modal mode: pulsating, circling jazz patterns, bass bubbling through ring modulation and envelope filters, sax and slide guitar, with Rimbaud’s shortwave radio and electronics dusting through the gaps.”

It was recorded live at Berklee College of Music back in 2014 in just one day, but has taken 10 years to come out! But it was worth the wait. It’s psych rock embodied with an electronic spirit, spiraling off into thunderous rhythms, blistering solos, ethereal melodies, and sampled voices, with exuberant playing and focused improvisation. I am honored to be working with Robin, who has collaborated with Bryan Ferry, Mike Kelley, Torres, Pauline Oliveros, Michael Nyman, Steve McQueen, Merce Cunningham, and Laurie Anderson. The masterful interplay of the rhythm section comprising David Tronzo, Mike Rivard, and Dean Johnston is featured throughout. The Bandcamp edition also includes an exclusive live remix with the amazing Richard Devine.

Thanks to everyone for your support of independent music!

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