Mike Gordon, best known as the bassist for Phish, is also a prolific solo artist. “OGOGO,” his fifth and latest record, is his best yet, and the chemistry of his current band — guitarist Scott Murawski (Max Creek), keyboardist Robert Walter, drummer John Morgan Kimock and percussionist Craig Myers — has jelled considerably over the last few years.
Talking to Gordon you realize that he thinks about music all the time in ways most of us aren’t capable, from the standpoint of someone who’s spent thousands of hours on stage. He has theories, attitudes, strategies and lists — literally, file boxes full of them — cross-referenced with concepts about art, meditation, lifestyle, energy, wisdom and sound. He’s all-in. Gordon’s only weakness, perhaps, is having too many ideas. (I’m sure he thinks about that, too.)
Gordon’s band returns to College Street Music Hall in New Haven on Sept. 27. He spoke to CTNow about working on “OGOGO,” which hits the streets on Sept. 15, and other musical topics.
Q: My first instinct is tell you how good “OGOGO” sounds. You seemed to enjoy your time in the studio.
A: Definitely. I started hearing a lot of stuff from all different directions, different kinds of music where the groove is pretty strong, but there are some elements in there that are tweaked and warped in interesting ways. That started to really appeal to me, and to Scott [Murawski], who I do all the writing with. We followed a trajectory based on that: wanting it to be kind of spare in one way, but also being experimental with sounds in another way. We ended up with the right band for it and the right producer [Shawn Everett].
Early on, I…
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