It was Spring in Miami (2008) and Bruce Cohen sought kindred spirits for an organ trio. The goal was to recreate the vibe of the early electric Miles sessions (Bitches Brew–On the Corner) while incorporating some of the manic beauty of Tony Williams Lifetime.
Right around that time, Rik Myers returned to the well-thumbed pages of Craigslist looking for opportunities to play improvised music with the dark mass and angularity of mid-70s King Crimson (Starless and Bible Black – Red) and encountered Bruce’s ad looking for a guitarist and drummer to round out a Hammond organ trio.
After getting together to jam a couple times, it was clear that there was chemistry (Rik is actually a biochemist…) and the urge to merge with an improvising drummer brought them to collaborate with and audition drummers for several months before Bruce and Rik met Brandon Cruz, freshly returned to Miami from a stint at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Brandon can (and DOES) play anything…it just turns out he loves improvised music and had previously performed in Boston in a much-missed improvising group.