I had a lot of ideas about what to do after my Nine for Nine project was released in 2017. Would I do a full fledged Jazz record? A piano album? Maybe a Christmas album! Instead, I did nothing. Well, not nothing. I worked on some music that was commissioned for a couple of podcasts, I composed some Jazz tunes, and did the occasional cover here and there. Still, as 2018 was wrapping up, I found myself disappointed and frustrated about my lack of production. It felt like I worked a lot, but had nothing to show for it. I figured that was that, but then I suddenly became inspired while teaching on a Saturday.
I had an early jazz piano lesson with one of my students and while helping them work on one of their tunes I felt inspired to just make something. I think the fact that they were starting to get it, starting to understand harmony and scales, it just motivated me to make something ANYTHING that day. So I messaged my producer and asked him if he was free the next day.
He was not, but he was free the next Friday. We briefly talked about a set list and we booked a time to record. With just a short conversation and a couple tracks we met that day and completed the entire record. I’m very pleased with how Impulse came out. With little to no preparation I went in and recorded some standards with emotion and authenticity. I feel this is my best work so far. I’m very happy with how it came out. And hopefully you feel the same.