Mike Gordon: Creative Experimentation

The Phish low ender coins a new phrase & approach on his latest solo album, Flying Games

Mike Gordon: Creative Experimentation

The Phish low ender coins a new phrase & approach on his latest solo album, Flying Games

Few bassists have married free-form jamming and technology as well as Mike Gordon. It’s a cornerstone of his role in Phish, the supergroup he has anchored since 1983, where so many songs are written from mining jam and soundcheck moments that Gordon has a button to activate a Tascam recording unit in his pedalboard. It’s a method he also brings to his own band, through five studio albums and numerous tours. On his sixth and latest effort, Flying Games [2023, ATO], the 58-year-old has upped the technology side a bit. He committing to eight months of studio time to experiment with the baker’s dozen worth of songs he wrote, aided by frequent co-writer Scott Murawski, longtime engineer Jared Slomoff, mix engineer Shawn Everett, and his band: Murawski on guitar, drummer John Kimock, keyboardist Robert Walter, and percussionist Craig Myers. The result is an upbeat, EDM-tinged, party-ready record full of danceable, bass-in-your-face grooves that will also have you turning your volume kn
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