In January the new band, gaining confidence, visits California, where Don Heckman at the L.A. Times is very encouraging; the East Coast, where Bob Blumenthal on the Boston Globe is less so; and England, where Jack Masserick at the London Evening Standard finds Bill just plain fraudulent.
“A Part, and Yet Apart” released.
In May, Steve Hamilton is proposing that the band set up a website, an idea met with incredulity by Bill.
Sessions with Eddie Jobson and Pete Lockett precede a gig at Carolyn’s birthday party in September, and an October East Coast leg which is scripted specifically around a run at Birdland, another first in a year full of firsts. It’s a long way from Madison Square Gardens to Birdland, as could be said, and Carolyn and a delegation of friends from the UK were there to witness the event.
Following excellent Eastern European jazz festival dates, Bill teams up with Pete Lockett for the final first of the year, a UK Contemporary Music Network tour for the percussion group “Network of Sparks”. Things are going well.