Year 2, Month 5 — May

One of the goals of this years Duo Chronicles project is to feature a different instrument each month. Guitarist Dan Balmer certainly needs no introduction to people here in the Pacific Northwest. Dan has been a fixture on the Portland music scene for many years. I have collaborated with Dan in the band “Go By Train” for the past ten years, and am familiar with his playing and compositions. He can generate a huge amount of improvisational energy in his playing.

In writing this composition I wanted to create a vehicle for improvisation, but also have a singable melodic line, with some modern jazz harmony underneath mixed in for good measure. Everyone gets a little solo time and we trade ideas at the end of the piece. It was fun to play off John and Dan’s musical ideas.