April’s Duo Chronicles + brings in someone who I had been hoping to collaborate with for a long time. In fact, when we did our first year of Duo Chronicles videos, we had toyed with the idea of doing an occasional video where we would play duo with someone else and throw it into the series as an extra. As it turned out, one video a week with the two of us was enough to keep up with and we never did the extra videos, but it seemed like with our guest series during our second year, it was a perfect time to bring in Mike.
Mike has a great ability to fit into a role while still sounding like himself. He plays piano and vibes and can play old-timey swing just as well as he can play modern jazz. I decided to take advantage of this and write a tune with a variety of harmonic devices. The tune overall has a very modal feel to it, but the individual changes add some complexity that Mike handles in a great way.