I'm gratified and amazed by the response generated by my announcement that "Duck Baker Plays Monk" has been released. Now Triple Point Records has added a page where it can be ordered, with a press release describing the record. But NOT, obviously, a thumbnail that pops up when one links the page on FB, which is why we see an image of the great Frank Lowe rather than moi. (The Lowe set was released a couple of years ago and it is great, BTW.)
Two things I will note about the website announcement about "Duck Baker Plays Monk": one is that, while expensive, it is not as expensive as I had been lead to believe, and the other is that there are a couple of short sample clips for people to listen to.
“Duck Baker Plays Monk” has finally been pressed, and will be available to order in the next couple of weeks. New Yorkers should be able to find it at Downtown Music Gallery in a matter of days, but those of us living further from the center of the universe will have to be patient for a little while longer.
This HAS been a long time coming, I have had the idea to release a record of my solo arrangements of tunes by Thelonious Monk practically since the day my CD of Herbie Nichols tunes, “Spinning Song”, was released, over 20 years ago, but for a long time I couldn’t find a label that was interested. I did get most of the recording done when Doug MacKenzie kindly offered me the use of his studio in Cary, North Carolina for a couple of days in late 2010, but still didn’t have a label until Ben Young and Joe Lizzi at Triple Point got interested about five years after that. I recorded two more tracks to fill out the program in late 2015, and over the course of the last two years things have slowly come together.
I could have wished that the record could have come out during 2017 to coincide with Monk’s centennial celebration, and even more that Roswell Rudd, who contributed liner notes as well as informing my approach to both Monk and Nichols so deeply, were still around to see the final product. We just missed by a few weeks on both counts, there. But apart from that, my only complaints are with the clams that the guitarist insisted on making all the time, and even those are things I can live with. This is one of my most ambitious records, and I’m not sure how many more as demanding as this I have left in the tank.
“Duck Baker Plays Monk” is only available on LP, and it is a high-end production with a high price-tag. I make no apology for this; it’s kind of nice to have a Duck Baker record come out that, for once, is not being done on a shoestring budget, and that I will actually be PAID for. The last time that happened was when “Spinning Song” was released. And the last time I made a solo LP was 32 years ago!
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Here's my version of "The Blackbird," both as an air and a set dance. My recording of it, by the way, can be heard on my new CD, "The Preacher's Son," which is one of the titles I'm promoting on my Indiegogo campaign... :-)