“careful attention reveals the intricacies of its repertory and the calm intensity of its rapport” - The New York Times
I put Rosetta Trio together in 2004 to test out some new work I’d sewn together from many fragments that had come to me over the weeks and months after 9/11. At the time, I wasn’t thinking about starting a new group. I had this very personal material and needed to surround myself with people I trusted, old friends. Liberty and Jamie hadn’t previously played together, but I had a hunch there’d be sparks. I documented those first sessions, and upon listening I knew there was something special happening, that this was a band. Nevertheless, it took a lot of work for us to find how the ensemble might function, to balance the lift and the lean. That work led us to the first album, Rosetta. I hadn’t thought beyond this initial experience, but the trio kept playing, touring the States and Europe, becoming a deeper, more expansive version of itself. And there was more I wanted to try in the writing. Next, we made Reclamation, then Thwirl, for which I invited the guys to contribute compositions (Jamie’s piece made that album, and Liberty’s is presented here). As it turned out, there was yet more I wanted to try. It started with “Re Eyes,” which grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. By the time I finished the piece, I knew we were headed back over the mountain. And here we are, Outliers. Released on Papillon Sounds February 19, 2019.