This is both our first performance, and recording. A maiden voyage of sorts. I was offered a set at Brooklyn's Scholes Street Studio, and put this quartet together on short notice. Having heard Santiago, Colin, and Shawn many times (in various ensembles) at the "Bushwick Series", and having performed with each separately in duet situations, I knew it would be a smokin' set with these cats pushing the music.. But WOW!
- Stephen Gauci
Digital Album contains 2 full tracks for a total of 39:48 minutes.
released September 30, 2020
Stephen Gauci - tenor saxophone
Santiago Leibson - piano
Shawn Lovato - bass
Colin Hinton - drums
Recorded live at Scholes Street Studio by Rene' Allain on 12/14/19
Mixed and Mastered by Michael Coleman
Produced by Stephen Gauci
supported by 6 fans who also own “Stephen Gauci/Santiago Leibson/Shawn Lovato/Colin Hinton, Live at Scholes Street Studio”
"FLY or DIE LIVE" is an excellent document of a live set by a dynamic and tight collaborative unit who give voice to both the world we live in and the changes that need to be made in that world. An excellent example of improvisational and spontaneous performance where music and mood are all created in the moment. Branch and the band are all tight, all performing at an inspired level.
A really great album that fully demonstrates the skill and talent of an amazing group of artists. rikm