A creative solution to a pressing problem presents itself here, the lack of the ability to play live: check 'Rise and Shine' from Trickster's Dream new from one of marlbank's favourite guitarists Miles Okazaki. Opening with something of the feel of konnakol, Miles explains his thinking: ''This album is an imagined live concert. The band Trickster was supposed to tour the United States and Europe for six weeks in May-June of 2020, and after the pandemic shutdown I was looking for some ways to keep the band 'working.' The idea of putting out a musical statement took on a new, more urgent meaning as the uprisings over racism in America took center stage. I decided to make an album of what the group might sound like after a couple of weeks on the road playing material from our last album, tempos pushed, forms stretched, risks taken. I sang an imaginary Trickster set, and we played along with it individually to make this performance in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. A few older numbers and some improvised interludes snuck into the set, as they do during gigs. Anthony Tidd worked his magic to mix and master the home recordings. In order to convey some feeling of a live concert, there are accompanying videos for each song, filmed during the taping of the music.'' Out on Pi.
Miles Okazaki pictured. Photo: via Bandcamp