"Phase III" is a continuation of Jim's ongoing quest to combine his diverse performing experiences into a single new sound with its base in rhythm. The music skirts and shifts along the edges of free improvisation, deep groove and New Music. The music reflects Jim's ongoing quest to explore the powerful, enlightening and spiritual secrets of drumming and is inspired by his recent association and work with Nii Tettey Tetteh, master musician from Ghana, with Milford Graves, learning drumming and healing through the heartbeat and his study of the spiritual songs of the Mbira Dzavadzimu from Zimbabwe.
To interpret this music Jim has put together a band of some of the leading performers in the "Downtown New York City" scene. This includes: Chistine Bard, drums; Kato Hideki, electric bass; Michael Attias, alto sax; Marco Cappelli, electric guitar and Special Guest Marc Ribot, electric guitar
-from K Leander Williams - Time Out New York
"A masterful percussionist who straddles uptown and downtown new music circles with ease ,