Raw Silk tracks

The music on this page came from jam sessions with Gretchen Langheld, Gary Feldman, Ann Rugh, and various other musicians.

We released two CDs under the name Raw Silk; several of the pieces were “mine” in that I either wrote them or came up with the backbone ideas around which improvisation took place, and I’ve mounted them here.

My favorites: Flow, Agadir, Easy.

Flow: First thing I ever wrote. A 5/4 melody obsessed me for weeks until I sat down and did something about it. Musicians: Kathleen Adkins, keyboard; Gretchen Langheld, clarinet; Thomas Bellino, clarinet; the lovely cello work is by Jane Scarpantonio.

Flow

After the Fall Musicians: Kathleen Adkins, keyboard; Gretchen Langheld, clarinet; Thomas Bellino, clarinet; Jane Scarpantonio, cello.

After the Fall

Orbit: A 10/8 piece that we ran out of steam on, so it’s short. Musicians: Gretchen Langheld, sax; Kathleen Adkins, keyboard; Dave Laks, sax; Rusty Boris, bass; Phyllis Free, drum kit, percussion; Ann Rugh, percussion.

Orbit

Jelly Belly: Musicians: Gretchen Langheld, sax; Kathleen Adkins, keyboard; Dave Laks, sax; Rusty Boris, bass; Phyllis Free, drum kit, percussion; Ann Rugh, percussion.

Jelly Belly

Easy: A blues piece. Musicians: Kathleen Adkins, keyboard; Gretchen Langheld, clarinet; Dave Laks on harmonica; Rusty Boris, bass; Phyllis Free, drum kit, percussion; Ann Rugh, percussion.

Easy

Agadir: The most “composed” piece in this group. Agadir is a slightly seamy coastal town in Morocco which has nothing to do with the song; I just loved the sound of the name, and the piece itself reflects a certain preoccupation with Middle Eastern music. Musicians: Kathleen Adkins, keyboard; Gretchen Langheld, clarinet; Dave Laks, flute; Rusty Boris, bass; Phyllis Free, drum kit, percussion.

Agadir

The Night Rises: Musicians: Kathleen Adkins, keyboard, Gretchen Langheld, soulful clarinet. Phyllis Free, percussion.

The Night Rises