Like everyone else, I am having to change plans owing to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, and like musicians everywhere I will be focusing more on digital sales and less on gigging, teaching, etc., though I am continuing to send CD’s for as long as we still have postal service (sigh). I am still teaching via Skype, of course!
The main thing that is being effected right now is the planned release of a couple of CD’s. I was on the verge of ordering production of a CD that has been in the works for quite a while now, Not The First Time. This one consists of recordings that date mostly from the mid- to late-1980s, all but a few tracks unreleased before now. Hopefully I can still release this on my Fulica label this year.
Another release that is now on hold is my Folk/Jazz project, Tear-Dimmed Eyes. I’m really sorry to see this one delayed as it was something I worked on from the mid-1990’s until I finished recording it in 2008. It is one of my most ambitious records, but finding the right label has been difficult. The Mighty Quinn label had planned on releasing it later this year but now all bets are off.
If things remain uncertain long enough I will see about digital releases of these, but putting out real CD’s is still the preferred approach when one is trying for press coverage, so instead I am shifting the focus to a couple of other projects that I had planned to do as budget releases on duplicated rather than replicated CD’s, as well as downloads.
The first of these is a collection that focuses primarily on swing tunes, with a bit of blues, gospel and ragtime thrown in. Most of the material is previously unreleased and includes several tunes I have not recorded elsewhere. This one is called I’m Coming, Virginia.
I also thought it would be fun to release a collection of solo recordings of American fiddle tunes that came out on various records and anthologies over the years, to be called Wink The Other Eye. Though most of this is previously issued material, 9 of the 24 tracks are new to record.
Besides recordings, I am transcribing more of my arrangements to add to the online store, starting with several compositions by Herbie Nichols and Thelonious Monk. I also plan on scanning some older transcriptions and offering them for sale, as well.