Jeff Silverbush, tenor and soprano saxophones, composer Jacob Garchik, trombone Jacob Sacks, piano Ed Fuqua, acoustic upright bass John Bollinger, drums Grandma Mickey is an album of thirteen compositions, all written by the band's leader, many of which are based on the songs that birds sing. Some of the compositions quote snippets of birdsong. Other compositions are based entirely on birdsong. The ensuing improvisation explores the relationship between birdsong and music. During the two years prior to the recording sessions, the musicians on Grandma Mickey regularly worked together in New York jazz clubs, shaping and refining the music. The result is a cohesive, focused album filled with darting melodies, impassioned improvisation and pensive explorations. Some of the birdsong upon which the compositions are based is included at the end of the CD. The booklet accompanying the CD contains information about these birds.