CAT008: Patrick Shiroishi and Jeff Tobias
“They're two distinct types of visionaries, it's like fire and ice, basically…” - Spinal Tap
In May 2021, Jeff Tobias traveled to Los Angeles to see friends and get into nature. While there, he met up with Patrick Shiroishi for a first meeting improvisation that saw both multi-instrumentalists exclusively playing sopranino saxophone, the high-pitched instrument made famous by Maurice Ravel’s Boléro. Nick Tuttle engineered the session, with assistance from Jerry Chinatown. In order to accentuate the registral extremes offered by the paired sopraninos, Tuttle recorded Shiroishi and Tobias in both the largest and smallest spaces available in his studio. The recording was consequently mastered by Ian Wayne; the results speak for themselves. The pair intend to record a follow-up sometime in the year of our Lord two thousand and twenty-two.