Leap is the second album released by Drop Trio. The album debuted in 2004 and was self-released by the band. The album is noted as having been recorded entirely improvised in the studio.
History / Premise
During a long drive in their van in late 2003, while on a short tour of cities in Texas, the members of Drop Trio (then Ian Varley, Nuje Blattel and Nino Batista) discussed ideas for a date to record their next record, the follow-up to their debut, 2003's Big Dipper. Deliberations eventually, and unintentionally, realized the idea of recording an entirely improvised record in the studio. They subsequently booked time in the renowned SugarHill Recording Studios for the date February 29, 2004 (which was in fact Leap Day, a part of the inspiration for the album's name). John Griffin of SugarHill, who had previously engineered the band's debut album, was called on once again for this ambitious session.
On February 29, 2004, at 10 AM, Ian Varley, Nuje Blattel, and Nino Batista rolled into SugarHill with dozens of instruments in tow. It took over four hours to set up the studio with all the instruments, electronics, and microphones that would be needed to produce the eventual two and a half hours of straight musical improvisation.