So we're getting a new furnace. Stay with me, it ends up being relevant. In order to get the new furnace into the house, I had to clean the basement up to make room for the guys taking out the old furnace and installing the new one. While doing so, I stumbled upon a cache of Don Aliquo recordings that I had completely forgotten about dating from 1998 to 2002. All were well recorded and mixed. The performances are exceptional as well. Some are even great. Some date back to Don's original sessions at Studiophonix 3001 in Mt. Pleasant in 1998 and 1999 and a few later ones from 2001. Others were from Mr. Smalls in 2002. Yet others date to 2002 at Heids. There are a bunch of trio sessions with John Schmidt, Don and I and one quartet session adding Eric Susoeff. There's a duo session from Heids with Don and I. Some of the sessions from Studiophonix date from the DNA album (which will be remastered and made available here after the Year of the Don project is complete). For those of you that don't know, DNA was Don's second album (released 1999) and featured Don with Don Jr., Eric Susoeff, John Schmidt and myself. We didn't use all of the material that we recorded for that album. There were a bunch of great performances that we didn't have room to include on DNA. They will be seeing the light of day now in the Year of the Don project.
As you can imagine, this changes the dynamic of the 7 album Year of the Don set. We've already completed albums 1-5 (all available right here in the MPM store in download form and albums 1 and 2 are available as CDs as well. The others will be available in CD form soon). We're working on albums 6 and 7 and those will be completed as envisioned but, with all of the additional newly discovered material, we're planning on issuing 2-3 "bonus" discs.
It looks like there will CD release parties on the third Saturday of the month at VOMA in Johnstown every month through June and possibly July 2017 now.