San Dieguito River, hitching on trucks, waterless in Borrego, escape from Vietnam, Devil's Peak in Baja, accident in Baja, wild horses of Coyote Canyon
8:30 a.m., June 17
Former San Diegans bassist Danny Weller and guitarist Jeff Miles return home from Brooklyn, NY, to reunite with LA drummer Jens Kuross and San Diego piano monster Joshua White for a CD-Release party celebrating their recording, Third Story, on Friday, March 2, in The Back Room at 98 Bottles.
Third Story is a terrific album (see "More Robert Bush" to catch my review), produced by Weller with a nod to a certain German record label.
"It has very ECM (Editions of Contemporary Music) vibe to it, especially the instrumentation and the compositions," said Weller via e-mail.
"I produced the album, but the arrangements and compositions were certainly a result of collaboration between Joshua, Jeff and myself. I also consulted heavily with Jeff on the mixing, mastering, artwork and website."
San Diegans will remember Weller from his playing alongside trumpeter Gilbert Catellanos, pianist Mikan Zlatkovich, and the free-jazz co-op Kronomorfic.
Miles graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 2008, and that very same year won 1st Prize in the Montreux Gibson Guitar Competition in Switzerland.
The March 2 show will also feature trumpeter Castellanos as a special guest.
"Musically, the band has always been a collaboration, and I'm honored to work alongside such prolific musicians. Jeff and Joshua also have their own bands with which they perform," says Weller, adding, "Third Story is the band I would love to see perform more often."
There will be two shows at 8 and 10 p.m. For more on the band: www.thirdstorymusic.com
Photo by Michael Klayman