Tuesday, April 05, 2005


I need to send a CD to someone interested in playing with myself and guitarist Mark Maloof. Mark and I made up 2/3s of the instrumental trio known to the world as Hippopotamus. Bassist Colin Kohnhorst rounded out the lineup. In an extended format we were known as Project3 and were augmented by a trumpet player (Walter Kingsley Fogg III), a keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist (Liz Bustamante); a percussionist/multi-instrumentalist (Nick Birmelin) and a host of others including flutes, sax, bass, more percussion, etc, etc. I figured I should listen to the CD (Hippopotamus – "3 Sounds") prior to sending it to someone. Being more of an "of the moment" style player sometimes it is hard to remember what any particular session may have sounded like. Ironically I was pleasantly surprised or at least my ears were. The recording is great sounding thanks to the fabulous Nicholas Vernes of Rare Book Room fame. The playing is not bad at all. At certain moments the playing sounds cautious but that is to be expected as some of the songs were very recently added to our set. All in all I still think it is a good session and one I had no problems listening to all the way through. The musician I am sending it to is a trumpet player and the two songs performed with Project3 do hold up so we'll see if there will be another chapter to the Mark Maloof/Pat Longo musical saga.

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