Tad Britton: The Coolest Thing in the World
Britton's recording credits include the aforementioned Near Earth session with Johnson and Teuber, and a Brazilian date with guitarist Marco De Carvalho titled For the Moment (OA2 Records). Of course, his listening parties continue. Lately, he's hooked on a recording by [pianist] Marcin Wasilewski, [bassist] Slawomir Kurkiewicz and [drummer] Michal Miskiewicz' Polish piano trio, Thomas Stanko's current rhythm section. Trio (ECM, 2005) is the title. After our interview Tad plays a few tracks, noting with fascination the patience of the players, their willingness to leave vast amounts of space, how hard they listen.
In Seattle he's found a home with his wife Deanna, their cat Java ("or whatever the moment dictates! ) and a basement full of drums. But contentment hasn't come easily. He's paid his dues, acquiring along the way a sense of fraternity among veteran musicians. It's a feeling of mutual recognition, whether you're Jack DeJohnette in Paris, some cat hiding out in Oklahoma City, or the guy squinting through chicken wire in Deadwood, South Dakota.
"Recognition, explains Britton, "that regardless of what city you live in or what gig you've got or how famous you are, we're all in love with playing music. We're all doing it for that same basic reason. We've all had to struggle and endure some crazy shit to still be playing, especially jazz, for this long.
Jeff Johnson, Near Earth (Origin, 2004)
Mark Quint, The Principle of Uncertainty (OA2, 2004)
Marco de Carvalho, For the Moment (OA2, 2003)
Sara Riviera, Tangerine Blue (Independent, 2001)
Photo Credit: Jason West