Once In a While the Stars Line Up

August 31st, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink


This stuff slips away from me.  A couple of years ago – on July 14, 2007, to be precise – I had a jam session at my house.  Steve Hiltner was in town from New Jersey, and we had a bit of a Lunar Glee Club reunion.  Present were Aron Kaufman, Dave Mason, myself, Steve Hiltner, and Steve Osburn.  At the end of the night we had a great improvisation – Oz was on bass, Aron on traps, Dave percussion, Steve on clarinet and I had a trumpet with a Harmon mute for a while and then my voice when the stars lined up.

About two minutes in, the groove is happening – Oz and Aron and Dave sound great in my living room, with the high ceiling – and then Steve and I get something going with the horns:

– Once In a While – Horns

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N’faro Manaku

May 5th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

A couple of Thursdays ago, Dan Ladizinsky was in town from Oregon, and music happened at Oz’s. This particular session was doubly special, as Aron Kaufman was celebrating a milestone birthday that week, and Dan had composed a tune, N’faro Manaku (anagram of Aron Kaufman?) for the occasion. » Read the rest of this entry «

the Process IS the Product

October 28th, 2007 § 1 comment § permalink


Let us start with an audio recording.

This little improvised groove was the first of three or four improvisations that happened at my session at Oz’s last Thursday night. Present were Aron Kaufman playing traps, Steve Osburn playing Chapman Stick, and yours truly Dan Bilich playing muted trumpet, piano and voice.

I am really lucky to have guys like this show up to play music with me.

Could this music be an embodiment of the Lunar Glee Club?

It’s definitely rather seriously influenced by the Lunar Glee Club…

Will we ever develop or play this improvised piece again? Probably not, but who knows?

The Process is the Product.

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