I love small records. When I say “small record," I think of Sandy Bull's Fantasias for Guitar and Banjo, Bill Evans trio recordings at the Village Vanguard, Fripp & Eno's No Pussyfooting, or Thelonius Monk's Solo Monk. Each of these albums is simple. They're direct.
Making The Saint is a small record too. I didn't belabor it. The recording and mixing came quickly. I followed my instincts.
This album is also a spiritual retreat for me; a healthy and necessary separation after so many strong collaborations. If you're Sufist, you’d call this khalwa. In Japanese Zen Buddhism, it's called sesshin. The Santerian pro-cess of Asiento requires the initiate to dress in white garments and avoid physical contact for one year. Like so many have done before me, I forced myself into a state of inner solitude to find something new.
I hope you enjoy it, and you experience something similar while listening.
- Chris Schlarb