Five Leaves Left: A Tribute to Nick Drake

The Jason Parker Quartet’s “Five Leaves Left:  A Tribute To Nick Drake” Kickstarter project has come to fruition.  This was the first project that I participated in backing and am very proud to have been a part of it.  The official release date was today, March 29th, and is available at Jason’s website, One Working Musician.

Being a Nick Drake fan, this album is all that I hoped it would be and more.  The Jason Parker Quartet does a great job at staying true to the original material, while jazzing things up a bit.  I’m really digging the tasty bass lines courtesy of Evan Flory-Barnes, in fact the musicianship is superb all the way around.  Add to this the sultry vocals of Michele Khazak and you’ve got an amazing album!  Being a project backer, I was able to download the album a couple days early and have not stopped listening to it.  If you are a Nick Drake fan or just like really good jazz, you should definitely check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

Kickstarter: Peak + Mike Watt = Cool Project

Have you checked out kickstarter yet?  If not, you definitely should.  Described as “…a new way to fund creative ideas and ambitious endeavors”, Kickstarter is essentially a collaborative effort to fund cool projects.  I think the creators put it best when they say:

We believe that: • A good idea, communicated well, can spread fast and wide. • A large group of people can be a tremendous source of money and encouragement. Kickstarter is powered by a unique all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands.

I’ve helped fund a couple of really cool projects including this one by Peak: On 51 show tour with Mike Watt, which aims to document Mike Watts upcoming tour photographically.  Check out Peaks work at and her blog at

This project will only be funded if at least $10,000 is pledged by Sunday Feb 20, 12:54pm PST, so do yourself a favor and head over to and help Peak achieve her goal.  I can wait to catch this tour when it comes through San Francisco, and to see the photo’s Peak comes away with.