Sep 2, 2020
Podcast 764 is Part Two of my three part conversation with Mark Egan and Danny Gottlieb. Having been partners in rhythm for almost fifty years, their latest release, Electric Blue, is their first recorded set of duets.
Part One was a detailed discussion of the making of Electric Blue, and the approaches bassist Egan and percussionist Gottlieb take in making recordings. Part Two continues the conversation where we left off, discussing the two's collaborations with other jazz and pop artists over the years, most notably their time in the Gil Evan Orchestra. There are also stories about playing with the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and their collaborations with guitarist John Abercrombie, especially on Mark Egan's album As We Speak. They also reminisce about their days as students at the University of Miami, at a time when the possibilities for music seemed endless.
Musical selections in this podcast include a recording of "Strange Fruit" made by the Gil Evans Orchestra during a live performance with Sting from 1987 in Perugia, Italy, and a remake of Egan's tune "Three Way Mirror," originally for his fusion group Elements, and here from As We Speak.
Part Three will come at the end of the week!