Distance and Pastoriana were
written in the spring of 1999. In 2004, I wrote the Prelude (subtitled Meatheads... I
don't know why) for the double bass, avante-garde, improv
jedi master Mark
Dresser, who performed it at a concert in Princeton on
May 12, 2004.
title of the second movement, Distance, takes its
name from the recurring, bright glissando figures (which require
a rather lengthy slide on the string up the fingerboard) and
which permeate an otherwise slow, dark and muddy texture. The
second movement, Pastoriana, takes its name and "funky" character
from the name of the late, great bass player of the fusion
band Weather Report, Jaco Pastorius.