Scott Healy – Glenn Alexander Quartet: Northern LightScott Healy--Glenn Alexander Quartet
A Live to 2-Track Digital Quartet Session from Long-Time Collaborators Scott Healy and Glenn Alexander
Featuring Jeff Hirshfield on drums and Kermit Driscoll on bass, this live to two-track recording from December, 1991 features the compositions of pianist Scott Healy and guitarist Glenn Alexander.
Listening to Northern Light, it’s clear that the time is right for this out-of-time recording.
— Bill Milkowski
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Liner Notes by Bill Milkowski:
Sometimes we open up our closets and find timeless gems stored away there; relics from the past that take on a new, deeper meaning in the light of now. Such was the case when Scott Healy and Glenn Alexander rediscovered some old master tapes last year that they had essentially walked away from 20 years ago. Recorded in one unedited live session back in 1991 with bassist Kermit Driscoll and drummer Jeff Hirshfield, a remarkably empathetic rhythm tandem that longtime partners Healy and Alexander had been playing live gigs with around that time, this open-ended, highly interactive music holds up a lot better today than some of the music recorded in 1991 by their contemporaries.
What happened shortly after this quartet session is that Alexander got busy with his own solo projects and Healy got a full-time job in the house band for Late Night With Conan O’Brien (which commenced broadcasting on September 13, 1993). And the tapes were forgotten.
“The weird thing is, for the last 20 years I always knew it was there and I felt it was good but I didn’t want to listen to it,” says keyboardist Healy of Northern Light. “I didn’t have a clean copy of it because we didn’t walk out of the studio with CDs in those days. We did it direct to DAT and my DAT player had died about eight years ago, and by then we had all moved to hard disc recording. I didn’t have the DAT transferred to digital so it just sort of sat in the bin of masters for a while. I only had it on cassette, which is really unpleasant sounding. So I never listened to it.” Read more…
…this open-ended, highly interactive music holds up a lot better today than some of the music recorded in 1991 by their contemporaries. —
Preview the entire track “Christmas Day” composed by Glenn Alexander, or click here to preview the entire record on Soundcloud.