Thank you for the kind words. I'd actually love to do this live. I have to admit that's an interesting concept - playing garages across country. These days I'm sure there would be permit problems, and all kinds of stuff to deal with, but think of that. Neighborhood concerts. Seeing it is just Tom and I we could invite locals musicians to sit in and see how the idea plays out.
This began when Tom first contacted me saying he wanted to do something akin to Miles and Bitch's Brew. Just see where the music takes us. The more we play together the more we know what the other guy is going to do, so later sessions ended up sounding a lot more composed.
Tom isn't into fretboard fireworks, as I call it. He just likes chords and textures and exploring all his gadgets. I love the stuff he comes up with.
We actually wanted a bass player, but just couldn't land one, and the more we recorded the more we got used to the overall sound of the music; the space of just the two instruments. I don't miss bass or keyboards at all at this point. We did some sessions with a local bassist, but it just wasn't the same. It made things ... too dense. Of course, his sound and style was part of that, too.
We'll see how this gig goes. I think of such types of sessions that must be on tape in vaults and will never be heard by anyone. Sad, really. Corporations, formulas. We have gotten tired of it, especially in fusion. We just wanted to try something a little more adventurous.
Tom played this stuff for his grandkids and they really liked it, which was not a surprise to me, but Tom was very surprised. Jam bands are in now. I think a lot people are wanting something less 'produced' and more free and spontaneous. Back to the 70s when music was more fun and exploratory.