The Royal Potato Family
Lately, I’ve been accumulating large amounts of music via Tidal and Roon. In combination these apps make one incredible tool for discovery. Thousands of records at your fingertips, killer sound quality, and, if you choose to dive, the rabbit hole awaits.
Making connections between artists and music we appreciate deepens the experience. Improvised music is a particular favorite of mine, and, the three highlighted here are among the best discoveries I’ve made this year.
And as it turns out, when I went to buy vinyl copies of Miller’s record, I found these records have a connection.
Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom released Otis Was a Polar Bear last month. Miller is among other things an excellent drummer and composer. I think I dig her previous record – No Morphine, No Lilies – even more. They are touring now, so keep an eye out.
Kirk Knuffke is a cornetist and composer whose Arms & Hands came out April 2015. A trio session with Mark Helias on bass and drummer Bill Goodwin also includes additional guests. I’d been listening to it for months before I found he also plays with the current version of Boom Tic Boom.
Finally, Brian Haas is a pianist and composer whose latest – Frames – is written for piano and drums. Matt Chamberlain completes the duo. Maybe my favorite drummer – period. Haas, according to the RPF site, plans to tour this Fall.
Innovative and unique, swinging – in and out – and, so much fun.
All of these records are available through The Royal Potato Family. And, as interesting as they are, these three are just a sample of the larger roster at RPF. Among others, Stanton Moore, Billy Martin, and Marco Benevento (also co-founder of RPF) all reside within.