Being a percussion and saxophone trio, this project is a real showcase for your playing, which to me still sounds like nobody else. As you guys were coming together, was there a sense of finding something new here?
It allowed me to play and concentrate on the playing without all the headaches that go with running a nine-piece band. ("What do you mean you forgot your passport?")
Is there an archive of material from the Lounge Lizards or Marvin Pontiac that could also see release?
Yes, that is possible.
To broach an uncomfortable subject, your safety seemed very much in doubt years ago. Given you're a bit more in the public eye of late, has that situation improved?
The situation is in no way resolved. It still is altering my life. I am kind of used to it at this point.
You — and many who know you —- were very vocal about being misrepresented in that New Yorker piece, to the point where I'm a bit surprised you're willing to do any press at all. Is there anything you've never gotten a chance to clarify from that time that you'd like to now?
I would very much like to address the horrors of that New Yorker article and the incredible damage that it needlessly did to my life but can't imagine you have room for that here.
What one would hope is that the beauty in the music and in the paintings can somehow transcend and invalidate the kind of sickness that led to the article being written as it was and the kind of irresponsibility that allowed it to be published.