FIRST TAKES

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This CD was recorded in a four hour session on the afternoon of June 25th, 2012 at Transient Sound in Chicago. Larry and I had played together many times, Miles and I had played together many times, but this was the first time the three of us played together. The music was totally improvised. The only things we discussed were time, meter and tempo. There are no “fixes” or overdubs, although there is some editing on several tracks. - Howard

Engineering and Editing by Vijay Tellis-Nayak
Assisted by Patrick Mcanulty, TransientSound.com
Mix Engineers: Joel Fox, FoxMusicRecording.com
Mastered by: Brian Schwab, Schwab Music
Produced by Howard Levy
Special thanks: David Graham for tuning the piano
“Blues for Von” is dedicated to Von Freeman (1923-2012)
“Speculation” is dedicated to Andrew Hill (1931-2007)
Photography & Graphic Design: Bob Kessler


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1. The First Nine Minutes
2. Octave Melody
3. Empathy
4. Solos, Duets, & a Trio
5. Groovin’ with Miles
6. Urban Hoedown
7. Room without Windows
8. Speculation
9. Funktion
10. Drone/Arco
11. Blues for Von

Howard Levy- Piano, Diatonic Harmonica
Larry Gray-Double Bass
Miles Levy-Drums