Grease Gun (Anthony Cox, Chris Bates, Dave King, JT Bates)

by Chris Bates

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about

Grease Gun. A madcap dream to connect and create with some of my best friends in music. This album is the result of one day in the studio in April 2012, with these four distinct personalities.

Thanks to JT Bates my main man and brother. Anthony Cox my friend, mentor, and all-around inspiring badass! Dave King - thank you for playing on this and for moving back to Minneapolis in the mid-'90s, thoroughly turning the collective ears of our little crew.

Every note you hear on this recording was improvised in the moment and the tracks were edited from these jams. At 1 hour and 56 minutes of music it's a deep dive into a 2 bass / 2 drum quartet. Tread carefully.

When I began the process of mixing and editing these improvisations I could not bring myself to cut them up! I was attached to the way it all unfolded in the studio. The numbering system basically shows that we played 6 segments of music. Number four is missing because it will be released separately as an exclusive track on an upcoming compilation. Sorry, but I already committed to the release well before I decided to launch this into the world here. The evolution of each track was so interesting and occurred in such an organic way that I have decided to release this in the order it was recorded. SO, if you desire, you can load these tracks up into your favorite player and they should connect organically to each other in several places.

Special note regarding the album artwork. All paintings and subsequent photos were created by Rebecca Doyle. Just a couple of months after the recording sessions I gave her the tracks and she created many images from the music. I see her work as a continuation of our musical process and I hope you enjoy the artwork as much as the songs. Please check her work out.
www.mnartists.org/bec
Instagram: rebecdoyle

As I write this in 2020 my memory of this session is somewhat foggy but the music holds up as a testament to listening and playing in harmonious synchronicity with one another. thanks for listening - cb

credits

released May 1, 2020

Anthony Cox - upright & electric bass, electronics
Chris Bates - upright & electric bass, electronics
Dave King - drums, cymbals, SPDS
JT Bates - drums, cymbals, percussion

Recorded and mixed by Brett Bullion

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