Michael Sarian, Matthew Putman

A Lifeboat (Part I) (577 Records)

In the first lockdown, Matthew Putman (on keyboard) and Michael Sarian (on trumpet and flugelhorn) began to meet up (with precautions) for semi-regular sessions in Sarian’s makeshift home studio. The conditions were less-than-ideal—a borrowed 20-year-old keyboard, an inadequate microphone, and cramped NYC apartment acoustics—but they continued their “weekly pilgrimages, searching for [their] cadences, rhythms and melodies through the Fall.” The sessions gave them much-needed sanity, grounding their friendship and keeping them afloat, as Sarian describes, “much like a lifeboat,” making a project that is exploratory and open-minded, full of searching and synchronicity.

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Michael Sarian: Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Matthew Putman: Keyboard

Track Listing

  1. Chapter I
  2. 1- Feet in the Water 1:37
  3. 2- Caught in the Undertow 6:05
  4. 3- High Tides 1:20
  5. 4- Stranded 6:11
  7. Chapter II
  8. 5- Glimmer of Hope 2:57
  9. 6- In The Distance 5:50
  10. 7- A Lifeboat 5:27
  12. Chapter III
  13. 8- Learning How to Swim (Part I) 2:54
  14. 9- Learning How to Swim (Part II) 3:43
  15. 10- Panic 4:21
  16. 11- Is This How It Ends? 1:45
  17. 12- Coming Up 3:02
  18. 13- Air 3:43

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