Brand new song & video
I wasn't planning on dropping this track just yet, but it seemed timely to do so now. I wrote this song in late 2021 and filmed the video in January, well before any inkling of a Russian invasion of Ukraine had even crossed my radar.
This song and performance will be part of my upcoming digital-only album "Clarinetflix & Chill," scheduled to be released on all major platforms on Friday, March 18.
Gaisin is the small Ukrainian village where my grandfather was born and spent his early boyhood. As I was writing this tune, which is a kind of klezmer/jazz hybrid, I was imagining him as a boy, idly sauntering around the village. No child is idly sauntering around any village in Ukraine today.
SO...from now until the release of the rest of the digital album on March 18, I'll donate ALL of my proceeds from the sale of this track to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to aid families displaced by this horrific war.
Click here to purchase and download "The Gaisin Shuffle."
In addition to myself, the song (and the rest of the album) features Ellington Carthan on keys, Christie Macdonald on guitar, Eliot Seppa on double bass, and Joey Antico on drums. It was recorded, filmed, and engineered by Jeff Gruber at Blue House Productions on January 24, 2022 in Kensington, Maryland.
Oh, and here's a video of the song as well, although I implore you to click on the link above to purchase the track on Bandcamp: