In 2016, saxophonist Mike Casey performed a two-hour concert with his longtime trio of bassist Matt Dwonszyk and drummer Corey Garcia at The Side Door Jazz Club in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Emerging from the performance were 14 first takes with no edits which were then rearranged into two live albums: Casey’s 2017 debut The Sound of Surprise and his 2018 follow-up Stay Surprising. Fast-forward to 2019 and Casey is now releasing remixes to some of the tracks from both albums by various producers from around the world into what he is calling the Surprise remix project. A few songs have already dropped, reimagined by producers b l o o p r, Burbank, Stan Forebee, and Ol’ Burger Beats. Next in line is Casey’s take on John Coltrane’s “Miles Mode” revisited by Wilmington, North Carolina, producer Wyldephyre (real name Sean Meade). Casey became friends with Meade at Berklee’s Valencia campus in Spain, where the two graduate next month with masters degrees in Contemporary Performance and Music Production. Stream the track alongside the original below and make sure to follow Casey on your streaming platform of choice.
Sébastien Hélary co-founded Nextbop in 2009 with the objective of introducing modern jazz music to a younger generation of fans. Aside from music, his other main obsession is food, particularly ramen and other Japanese delicacies.