Alex Massa ‘Plays Well With Others : Adventure #1 – Glaspie/Haas’

The first in a series, Alex Massa’s Play Wells With Others : Adventure #1 – Glaspie/Haas is out NOW!

Featuring drummer Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power, Dumpstaphunk, TEPHRA, Beyoncé) and keyboardist Brian Haas (Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Nolatet, TEPHRA), this six track EP winds through 20 minutes of dazzling, dizzying, and daring improvisations and compositions.

Recorded at Neutral Sound Studios (by Aaron Boudreaux) in New Orleans one week before Mardi Gras in 2019, this first Adventure captures the quirk and grit of this trio, who come from different musical backgrounds. Glaspie – one of the pillars of today’s international funk community, Brian Haas – classical piano virtuoso turned crossover pioneer, and me (Alex), coming from a BAM/rock/orchestral past – all merge to bring to life compositions by Haas and myself, and an improvisation along the way.

Dan Pierson, of Whiskey Point Studios in Chicago, IL

am excited to announce that this week (week of March 23, 2020), I will be releasing the first in a series of EP’s under the name ‘Plays Well With Others’!

This first EP was recorded in New Orleans during Mardi Gras in 2019, in the middle of a 22 date tour that Brian Haas and Myself were on. We met up with Nikki Glaspie, played a show at the Maple Leaf the night before (I was in bed at 6am), and woke up to meet at Neutral Sound Studios at noon, six hours later.

Recorded by Aaron Boudreaux, and mixed/mastered by Dan Pierson, I bring you five original tracks composed by myself and Haas, and Miles Davis’ ‘Filles De Kilimanjaro’.

First peek – a composition entitled ‘Bear’s Cage’ by Brian Haas, from his suite of music about the biggest tornado in recorded history!