recording is primarily live drum and percussion duets between
Billy and Calvin; the exception being two vignettes with
John Medeski on prepared and toy piano, and two drum machine
pieces by Billy.
session took place over a two-day period in a vacant film
studio and soundstage in Brooklyn, NY. Billy had the idea
to record some duets based on various thematic material
he had compiled, and having played with Calvin on many occasions,
he did not need to consider any other drummer for the recording:
"Calvin is truly one of the most musical and intuitive
drummers I've had the opportunity to play with. His polyrhythms
and feel for phrasing is similar to my own style, which
lends to the good chemistry between us." They set up
a sort of drummer's playroom, which included two drum sets
and a large percussion area. By alternately playing drum
sets and percussion instruments, and trading off frequently,
they were able to improvise and experiment more with sounds.
The result is a richly diverse drum record with links to
the past and the future of drumming.
Calvin Weston started playing with Ornette Coleman's Prime
Time band at the age of 17. He later joined James Blood
Ulmer and John Lurie's Lounge Lizards. John Lurie, Calvin
and Billy then toured and recorded together as a trio called
The John Lurie National Orchestra for about two years.
Billy Martin is best known as the drummer for Medeski
Martin and Wood.
He has also recorded and performed with The Lounge Lizards,
Bob Moses, Oren Bloedow, John
here for more info on Billy's solo percussion performances.