Tuesday, April 2, 2013


New stuff of mine out in a handsome chapbook from Acme Poem Company.  I'll put a couple of sample pages up when I get un-lazy but really you can judge a book by its cover in this case.

Available here: http://sites.ewu.edu/wseditions/recent-publications/.

The title comes from an interview on The Checkout (http://www.wbgo.org/thecheckout/) with musician (trumpet/flugelhorn) Ingrid Jensen, describing the first time she showed up to jam with some people and brought a fake book (full of the chord changes for the standards they might want to improvise from).  They saw the fake book and told her: "You won't need that."  In the recorded interview she does a great funny imitation of the tone of voice of someone cool dismissing something lame.

Instead, they told her, the idea was to play off what they could see out the window.

Since this is what I do, I thought it was a fantastic title for a collection and she was kind enough to let me use it.

I fell in love with her sound when I heard here soloing with the Maria Schneider Orchestra.  You can hear some of them on Youtube.

NPR recorded a great live show of Ingrid's leading her quintet.  You can hear it (and the interview) by going here: http://www.npr.org/event/music/150361526/ingrid-jensen-quintet-live-at-berklee-concert


2 comments:

Trish Mistric said...
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Trish Mistric said...

Hi Mr. Gregory! Your book is wonderful. I just read the nice review on the San Francisco Book Review's website today. Congrats! I was wondering if I could get an autographed book from you..pretty please? BTW, I'm the photographer whose photo is on your book :) I'm very pleased that you like the cover. I found it very interesting that the title of your book was inspired by a famous trumpet player because I've a teenage son who plays the trumpet very well at his high school. He will be a first time Drum Major this school year as well. You see the connections, here? Very interesting indeed! Please contact me when you have a chance at pmistric@gmail.com.