It’s so exciting to be starting this new year in my musical and professional life.
First of all, I appear on a new duet album with my bassist friend and fellow Berklee alumnus, Shota Ishikawa. Released in Japan on New Year’s Day, the album is called It’s My Request: Live at Bar Request. This CD is my first release as a sideman, my first collection of entirely jazz standards (except for one of Shota’s originals), and my first duo album. So it’s really exciting to be doing this new kind of project. It’s My Request was recorded in Kobe, Japan on September 3, 2015.
In addition, the funk band I started in November (Matt Savage Groove Experiment) is continuing its run of shows in the Boston area.
I’ve also reunited my original trio lineup with John Funkhouser and Steve Silverstein; we have recorded five albums together. We’ll be playing in Methuen, MA this month, with special guest Mark Zaleski on alto and soprano sax.
It’s been a lot of work balancing solo/trio shows and Groove Experiment shows, but I’m hoping to continue both this year as much as I can. I’ve composed lots of tunes and might even record them soon…
In short, it’s good to be back in the swing of things.