Jim Hegarty has teamed with bassist Paul Steinbeck and drummer Shane Del Robles to release a new collaborative album titled Time Space.
The album (pictured) features 12 tracks of improvised music, recorded at Hegarty's home studio in June of this year. "We basically set up and played," Hegarty told StLJN via email. "I changed the order of the tracks a little but there is no editing except trimming up the openings."
"The music is completely free improv, no plan, no scores, just going for it," he said. "The interaction and ideas are really what inspire me about this group."
Hegarty is associate professor of music and department chair at Principia College in Elsah, IL, and also has served on the board of directors and as music committee chair for St. Louis' New Music Circle. He previously has recorded and produced albums including the dance-oriented Leaving Venice; Off Topic, a live experimental quartet recording made in conjunction with New Music Circle, and two solo piano albums, Antithesis Reflex and Cut It/Out.
Steinbeck, a professor of music at Washington University in St. Louis, worked with the late Chicago saxophonist Fred Anderson to co-author Exercises for the Creative Musician, an instructional book for improvisers that now is in its second edition. His previous recordings include three CDs as a leader: Nine Ways (2004), Three Fifths (2005), and Sun Set (2007).
Del Robles, a native of El Paso, TX, is a former student of Hegarty's at Principia who also has studied drums with Mark Guiliana, Jason Marsalis, and Matt Wilson, and played with the pop-rock band The Royalty.
You can listen to and download the individual tracks from Time Space for free from Hegarty's website, or purchase a digital download of the entire album from Amazon, iTunes, or CD Baby. Hegarty said that while there are physical CDs, too, they'll be used mostly for promotional purposes. He hopes to book some live dates for the trio in the near future; for details, stay tuned.