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The Open Way

by Black Owl

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The Open Way

February, 2012: Black Owl was formed when virtuoso sax man, Jesse Catalino Montijo came to Milwaukee. Jesse is an heir of Pharoah Sanders and Joe Bonner, and one of the living greats. Jesse asked me make music with him, so I called the great drummer Ben Hans, who is an old friend of mine and a powerful, artistic musician.

We met at Walls Have Ears studio with no plan save a few titles. Nicholas Elert did a great job engineering. We were all comfortable and in the zone.
We named a tune, didn't discuss any particulars and composed real time or improvised loosely upon existing forms, reinventing familiar structures collectively.
The results here blew all of us away.
We hope you enjoy The Open Way!



released April 30, 2013

Jesse Catalino Montijo - Alto Saxophone, Piano
Ben Hans - Drums, Percussion
Steve Peplin - Guitar

Artwork by Ryan Fitzpatrick at
Engineered by Nicholas Elert at Walls Have Ears, February, 2012, Milwaukee, Wi.
Mastered by Adam Tucker at
All compositions by Black Owl, copyright 2013, Aeclectica Music / Black Owl, ASCAP
except Africa by John Coltrane - JOWCOL (All rights reserved) ASCAP
and Night and Day by C. Porter, 1946 (All rights reserved)



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Black Owl Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Black Owl is a trio based out of Milwaukee with Jesse Catalino Montijo on alto sax, Ben Hans on drums and Steve Peplin on guitar. Steeped in the American musical tradition, Black Owl draws from deep wells of musical experience from delta blues, hard bop, funk, East Indian Classical music, African music and other genres. ... more

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