Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Pimps of Joytime @ Brooklyn Bowl 3/19/11

Yes, at Brooklyn Bowl, once you're in, you're in.  The crowd thinned out a lot, but there were still a good amount of people.  I stayed til the end and loved it.  It was fun to get down.  They have a harder edge.

Erik Boliver did double duty as he was again on the drumkit for this set.  Yeah!  There's also a conga player, which is always nice.  There's a girl that has a percussion and keyboard setup, sometimes playing them the drum and keys same time.  She also adds soulful vocals for some of the tunes.  The lead guy does vocals and keys and guitar sometimes.  There's also a bass player.  Get the picture?  Rhythm and Funk.

I liked it a lot, but it's also a little fuzzy as I was a little fuzzy towards the end.  I think it ended aroumd 2, but I'm not quite sure.

Anders Osborne @ Brooklyn Bowl 3/19/11

I got there just before 9:30 towards the end of the 2nd song.  I would have liked to see Leroy Justice, I just couldn't get there in time.  I heard they were good, so I will make more of an effort for the next opportunity.

Anders is now always on.  That show was awesome.  It was nice to have Eric Bolivar on drums.  It may have been the same bass player as on NYE, but I'm not quite sure.

I definitely like seeing him at Brooklyn Bowl much more than Sullivan Hall.  He rocks!

Wow, so cool.  I wrote the above  soon after.  Now i get to look it up and hit the jackpot!  All the info I was looking for!,_Brooklyn,_NY_on_Mar_19,_2011/videos

Baby, don't worry. Anders got your heart. He'll do everything for you. And, guest guitarist Scott Metzger sits in with Anders Osborne at Brooklyn Bowl with Carl Dufrene on bass and the master Eric Bolivar on drums!
From nycjamgal08

Dead Kenny G's @ Brooklyn Bowl 3/17/11

They're getting groovier and even more interesting for me! They wore wigs and white shirts with red stains. I didn't get the purpose - I was too focused on the phenomenal music. A lot of it had a groove to it, but there was also the hard punk edge to some of it. The whole thing kicked butt! I definitely could have done 2 nights in a row. I haven't checked the jazzfest grids yet, but hopefully they will be there!

Ohh - the wigs have something to do with Kenny G!  I just pay no attention to the guy.  I'm glad these 3 hate him enough to form this band, though!
Here's a more informative review:

Beacon Bound

I’ve been listening to my “D” cds at work.  I got to Derek & the Dominos and realized it would be a sin not get to The Beacon at least once.  I got on-line and got the 1 available ticket from TB.  Tomorrow night!  Whoo hoo!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sexmob @ Brooklyn Bowl 3/17/11

I went on line to see when I had to be there and was elated to see that Sexmob was opening. I was sure to get there by 8. They came on a little after. It was a small crowd, all of which were loving it. I loved Kenny Wollesen playing Mike's drum setup. Actually, Mike Dillon was enjoying it so much he came onstage to play a portion himself at various times.

The set was a little more grooving. It's always stellar. There was something extra awesome seeing them on that big stage in that big room with the great sound. It wasn't a big crowd, but they were all loving it.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Doug Wamble @ Jazz Standard 3/15/11

Unfortunately, Matt Wilson had a family emergency. Fortunately, Rudy Royston was available to stand in. Ben Allison completed and expanded the trio by playing kickass contrabass. This music came Right in and hugged my soul. That's the only verbiage coming to me to attempt to describe how it made me feel. From start to finish it was phenomenal.

The listing:
Doug Wamble – guitar, vocals
Ben Allison – bass
Rudy Royston – drums
The music of Doug Wamble “is as fascinating as it is idiosyncratic,” says The Los Angeles Times. These words were never more true than when applied to the artist’s third and latest solo album, the self–titled Doug Wamble CD (2010, E1 Music), which features guest appearances by guitarist Charlie Hunter, trum¬peter Steven Bernstein, and vocalist Carrie Rodriguez. On these ten original compositions (plus a closing cover of Fiona Apple’s “I Know”), Doug weaves individual strands of soul, gospel, blues, country, pop, and jazz into a colorful and deeply personal tapestry of sound. Doug will be joined for this much–anticipated one–niter by the ace rhythm section of Ben Allison and Rudy Royston, both lauded composer/bandleaders in their own right

Monday, March 21, 2011

Bowlive @ Brooklyn Bowl 3/10/11

It was that nasty, rainy night and I had no intention of going out. I started catching up on my posting. I was looking up something for the p-funk Bowlive show from the week before and I noticed this very night they were doing a tribute to Sly & the Family Stone. Say no more! I'm there!

My research also tipped me off that these Bowlive shows had a format. First there would be the same opening band and then a Soulive set with special guests and the 2nd set would have the extra special music I'm coming for. Still, the p-funk tribute the week before started early and I had the Thurs DJ ?uestlove thing going for me. I wasn't quite sure how to time it, but I didn't want to risk talking myself out of it.

The L train was especially quick and I got there toward the end of the opening band. There was a larger crowd this night, in spite of the weather. It was the same opening band and they seemed to be doing the same songs and possibly the same set. It wasn't bad and it wasn't great. It got a little better when the guests came up.

Soulive was good. Yonrico Scott sat in for all but the drum solo. He had a nice setup with congas and some other drums. Kofi Burbidge came out every now and then with his flute. I especially loved when Karl Densen sat in. For the first song he wailed on the flute. For the 2nd, he blew me away with an outstanding sax solo. I think there was one more to close out the set ...

... But then, NO setbreak! Whoohoo! They called out the others and started in on the Sly and the Family Stone set. It was good and fun, but not on the same level as the p-funk set the week before. ?uestlove did sit in for one in the middle. I was disappointed in the song choices. It was good, it just didn't live up to my expectations. Until the end, that is. I was ready to leave a little early, but when I went to the door it was raining hard enough for me to walk right back in and enjoy the show. Thank you rain gods! That last song was everything I had hoped the show would be! It was so good it was worth coming out and staying out late AND the long, brutal walk back to the train and then home. Yes, it was ALL that!
I'm looking at a Hidden Track post, and I now I remember how awesome Que Sera Sera was.
Soulive Pays Tribute to Sly Playlist – Que Sera Sera (w. Alecia Chakour, Ivan Neville, Nigel Hall, Van Hunt and More), Yonrico Scott Solo, Sing a Simple Song (w. Alecia Chakour, Karl Denson, Van Hunt, Ivan Neville, Adam Smirnoff and More), In Time (w. ?uestlove, Van Hunt and More), Neal Evans Solo and Stand (w. Van Hunt, Ivan Neville, Alecia Chakour and More)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Ches Smith & These Arches @ Roulette 3/9/11

Can I say how exquisite it was to have Tim Berne subbing for Tony Malaby on sax and the addition of Craig Taborn on keys/electronics?  Of course I can since it's my blog!  Tony Malaby is the usual great sax player in this usual great quartet I've seen a few times before.  This night was again fabulous. They were all fantastic and creative and wonderful.  This is a great. And that feels different each time, even with the usual members.

What is especially cool about this project is how it's really an ensemble playing.  I found myself rarely dissecting the music or focusing on any one of them.  It just gelled so well it was as if there was one very full instrument with a lot of texture and range playing.  The music was wonderful and I could have listened to it all night.  The 1 hour set was fantastic.

The other usual suspects, playing brilliantly were Mary Halvorson and Andrea Parkins.  Each of them blow me away with whatever they do.

Ben Perowsky @ Doma 3/8/11

Oh, so THAT's Doma.  Aha.  I've been there before - it's a nice cafe that serves food and wine as well as cafe-type fare.  It's a nice cafe space.  This live music thing might be new for them.  The band plays in the window, which is usually seats on the other side of the table.  There's definitely enough room for a trio.

It was very much worth going for Ben Perowsky, Doug Wamble and Jeff Hanley.  It was definitely worth ignoring the chatter in the room.  I mean, it IS a popular neighborhood cafe for God's sake.  It's very interesting how bothered I can get sometimes over a couple of people talking quietly near me at some shows and I can ignore lots of chatter at others.  I've learned from my Instantaneous Transformation training that what you resist persists and grows stronger.  That night I was able to include the chatter more easily than some other occasions.  I also was listening to the music rather than complaining about the chatter.

And what great music that was!  Doug Wamble is so talented and full of soul!  It's such a pleasure listening to him.  I always love Ben on drums.  He was amazing.  I loved all bass solos.  The show was good enough to stay for the 2nd set.  I just noticed on Ben Perowsky's facebook page that he will continue Tuesday nights at Doma through April.

Here's an excerpt from the website with the rest of March:
The series will truly get under way with Mad Hare March, an incredible line-up of world-class bopsters and popsters every Tuesday in March.  Matt Munisteri and Danton Boller roar in like a lion on March 1, Doug Wamble on March 8, Sasha Dobson w/ Trevor Dunn on the Ides themselves, "Bop on Pop" Frank Perowsky with Gary Versace on March 22, and Charlie Burnham going out decidedly unlike a lamb on March 29.  Surprise visits from compatriots playing at nearby Village Vanguard, Smalls and Blue Note are likely; and all sets will be drummed by Man Who Was Tuesday Perowsky.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Soul Rebels Brass Band @ LPR 3/5/11

Have I seen these guys before? Outside of touring with Galactic I don't think so. I had thought so, but I would have remembered if I had. They are awesome! They meld hip hop and brass band and the result is phenomenal. I couldn't stop dancing. This show lingered for a bit and stayed with me. I will be making more of an effort to see them in the future.

This is from their website:

Imagine blending the sounds of Mardi Gras funk, soft rock, and reggae so seemingly it defies category. Now shrink that idea into a seven-piece ensemble, add a hip hop sensibility plus a hundred years of New Orleans jazz tradition, and you get the Louisiana sound known as the Soul Rebels. This shrewd crew of college trained multi-instrumentalists are forcing listeners to "Let Your Mind Be Free" as they "Work It Out" on the dance floor. Their music is utterly uplifting and hardcore, leaving fans with a myriad of intrinsic sounds and songs to enjoy.

The Soul Rebels were destined for success. After parading around the streets of New Orleans in the tradition of the second line and jazz funerals, the Soul Rebels began their professional debut with the famed Neville Brothers in New Orleans at the hot spot Tipitina's! The Soul Rebels rocked so hard and so strong, they continued opening for the Neville Brothers and beyond. The bands hard funk groove has landed them gigs as an opening act for: Bootsy Collins, A Tribe Called Quest, Better than Ezra, Counting Crows, Green Day, Olympia Brass Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Roy Hargrove, James Brown, Allen Toussaint, Lionel Hampton, Terence Blanchard, Branford Marsalis, The Fugees, Digital Underground, The Roots, Brand New Heavies, The Gap Band, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page and many more.

The Soul Rebels have traveled the US and abroad, bringing their live and uncut rhythms as far as England, Greece, Italy, South Africa and France. The band has performed at many prestigious music festivals across the world such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, North Sea Jazz Fest, Jazz Ascona, Spain Jazz Fest, New Orleans by the Bay with Bill Grand Management, Ray Charles Jazz Festival in Atlanta, Banlieues Bleues, High Sierra Music Fest, Charleston Music and Heritage Fest, River Roots Fest in Iowa, P-Fest in Pensacola, Voodoo Fest, Bonnaroo, JVC Jazz Fest, Chicago Jazz and Blues Fest, Lafayette Crawfish Festival, Umbria Jazz Fest, and Art of Jazz Festival in Toronto, to name a few.

The band's mission is to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz. So, bring a taste of New Orleans to your festival, club, or party today with a visit from the Soul Rebels Brass Band.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Dr. John & the Lower 911 @ LPR 3/5/11

I have to admit that after Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds Dr. John wasn't quite doing it for me at first. I was also having trouble dealing with the crowdedness. I hung out just outside the room by the merch table where I could see and hear the band but it wasn't quite so crowded. Things took a turn with the "I Walk On Gilded Splinter" tease. I had already started making my way through the room shortly before that appeared. The rest of the show was great and I found a good spot on the other side of the stage with some dancing room.

It was good to see Shannon Powell behind the kit. I wanted to see Renard Poche, but it was a different guitar player. He was good, I'm just a big Renard fan.
Dr. John just got inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!  I enjoyed reading the timeline
November 21, 1941: Mac Rebennack, an esteemed musician better known as Dr. John, is born in New Orleans.

1957: Dr. John makes his first recordings for an instrumental album that is never released

1959: Dr. John releases his first single, “Storm Warning,” credited to Mac Rebennack (his birth name).

January 22, 1968: Dr. John’s first album, Gris-Gris, is released. Though it doesn’t make Billboard’s Top 200 album chart, it will sell steadily and become a cult classic.

June 20, 1970: “Wash, Mama, Wash,” by Dr. John bubbles under the Billboard singles chart. Though it misses the Hot 100, it is a high-charting regional hit in and around New Orleans.

August 31, 1971: The Sun, Moon & Herbs, the fourth in Dr. John’s voodoo-steeped series of albums (following Gris-Gris, Babylon and Remedies) is released.

April 15, 1972: “Iko, Iko,” by Dr. John, enters the Hot 100, marking his first appearance on the national chart. It is the first single from Gumbo, Dr. John’s groundbreaking tribute to New Orleans music.

February 25, 1973: In the Right Place, Dr. John’s sixth album – and the one that will make a household name of him – is released. It will peak at #24, his highest-charting album.

June 16, 1973: Triumvirate, an album of roots music by the trio of Mike Bloomfield, John Hammond Jr. and Dr. John, is released.

July 17, 1973: “Right Place, Wrong Time,” by Dr. John, reaches #9. His first (and only) Top Ten hit, it will spend a total of five months on the charts.

October 27, 1973: “Such a Night,” another hit from Dr. John’s In the Right Place album, just misses the Top Forty, reaching #42.
April 8, 1974: Desitively Bonnaroo, by Dr. John – his second collaboration with Allen Toussaint and the Meters – is released.

October 6, 1975: Dr. John releases Hollywood Be Thy Name, produced by Bob Ezrin.
1978: Dr. John releases City Lights, the first of several albums cut with producer Tommy LiPuma.
1981: Dr. John releases Dr. John Plays Mac Rebennack, the first-ever album on which he performs unaccompanied. The Brightest Smile in Town, a sequel in a similar vein, appears two years later.

May 27, 1989: In a Sentimental Mood, an album of standards by Dr. John, is released.

February 22, 1990: Dr. John wins a Grammy Award (his first) for “Makin’ Whoopee!,” a duet with Rickie Lee Jones, in the Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group, category.

1992: Dr. John records Going Back to New Orleans in his hometown, surveying a century’s worth of New Orleans music. It will win a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album.

March 29, 1994: Dr. John issues a new album (Television) and his autobiography (Under a Hoodoo Moon) simultaneously. Crescent City Gold, a collaboration between Allen Toussaint, Dr. John and other New Orleans legends, appears two weeks later.

August 11, 1998: Dr. John releases Anutha Zone, a return to the swamp-funk vibe of Gris-Gris.

October 9, 2001: Dr. John releases Creole Moon, an homage to the many musical strains – from Cajun to Creole, jazz to funk – that have flavored New Orleans music.

July 13, 2004: Dr. John’s N’Awlinz: Dis, Dat or D’Udda, an album recorded in New Orleans with some of its most esteemed musicians, is released on Blue Note Records.

June 3, 2008: Dr. John and the Lower 911 release City That Care Forgot, which will win a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album.

March 14, 2011: Dr. John is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 26th annual induction dinner in New York. John Legend is his presenter.

Right Place, Wrong Time
Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya
Iko, Iko
I Walk on Gilded Splinters
Makin’ Whoopee! (with Rickie Lee Jones)
Such a Night
Wash Mama Wash
Junco Partner
Memories of Professor Longhair
What Comes Around (Goes Around)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds CD

My friend who is affiliated with the band gave me a CD and suggested I write about it. I told him if I like it, I will. He knew I would. It is a great CD. I liked it on first hear. I've listened to it a few times now and it is awesome! I don't always like the CD and prefer live. This one is a little different. I still prefer it live (always prefer live), but it's awesome and I'm impressed.

I'm not the only one.  It made it to AAJ's top 10 non-jazz albums of the year!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds @ LPR 3/5/11

I was told to get there in time for this and I am so glad I did! You know I don't usually go for bands with singers. But, this one really works well with a great singer. It was so cool to see a bunch of horns AND a harmonica. That's differnent! The singer and harmonica are siblings. I'm impressed that they had many options on the type of band they could form and they went for a NOLA-ish/gospel/get-down band. Good choice!

As the show went on, they got even better and I ended up thoroughly enjoying it. I expect to see them keep getting bigger and bigger.
The Dirty Birds are:
Arleigh Kincheloe - vocals
Jackson Kincheloe - harmonica
Bram Kincheloe - drums
Aidan Carroll - bass
Sasha Brown - guitar
Ryan Snow - trombone
JJ Byars - alto sax
Johnny Butler - baritone sax
Cole Kamen-Green - trumpet

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Marco Benevento Trio @ Sullivan Hall 3/4/11

Marco lent his piano for the occasion.  I got there at about 9:10 and it was probably early into the set.  The rest of the night would have Dr. John playing Marco's piano and then the High and Mighty Brass Band.  I couldn't bring myself to stay for the other 2 given I didn't want to be at Sullivan Hall and I would be seeing the Dr the next night.

I loved seeing the trio with a piano.  They were great.  The room couldn't handle Dave Dreiwitz's bass - I could hear metal things shaking behind me.  It was still great enough to stay.  Andrew Barr was on the drums. 

I really loved the piano, which he played the entire time I was there.  The organ was on the stage, but I guess Marco wanted to warm up the piano, or he just enjoyed playing it.  I even loved "The Real Morning Party" on the piano.  It's a great song, I just got sick of it when I was seeing it so often.

It ended a little after 10 and was great.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Bowlive @ Brooklyn Bowl 3/3/11

This was P-Funk night and the only option of the series that appealed to me. I would have loved to check out the Lettuce w/ Maceo Parker night earlier in the week, but I found out about it too late. I had purchased a ticket on-line and got an email from Ticket Fly that afternoon stating they were moving up the start time from 9 to 8:30. That sounded good to me as I wasn't planning on staying too late in the 1st place.

I don't think the opening band started until closer to 9. They were OK at first. I never did get their name. They were funky for a couple and then they moved into a Soul Jazz mode that just wasn't for me. I was missing those times Captain Coconut opened for some Kraz gigs. It got interesting again for the last piece, which had the Soulive krewe including extra horns, which included Cochemea. I was happy to see him.

The next set was Soulive doing their usual stuff. I had found out by this point that the Parlaiment stuff would be the 2nd set. So much for my early night. Although, I was only staying late if it was good.

The Soulive set started out OK. I'm not a big fan. It got better toward the end when the horns came out. The last couple of songs were really good and I had to get back out on the dance floor.

The Parlaiment set was unbelievably good. ?uestlove was on the drums for the 1st 1/2 hour and I thought the roof was gonna come off! The 2nd half of the set was good and worth sticking around for. Schmeens was on guitar and added a more funkadelic feel to the proceedings.

I do admit the 1st 1/2 hour was blown away amazing with the 2nd 1/2 knocked down to very very good.
?uestlove made a huge difference. Also, there was something to the song selections that made a difference. I wasn't crazy about the Flashlight vocals in the 2nd half.

I actually liked Nigel in the 1st half.

Bernie Worrell was phenomenal. I'm not a Neil fan, so Bernie was key to the whole thing for me.

I've had p-funk in my head at various times ever since that show. I want this to spill out and become a trend for the next year, especially at Jazzfest. All kinds of bands breaking out some p-funk tunes.

I must say it was good enough to cancel most of the disappointment that the p-funk portion was only an hour. There's certainly enough material to fill the entire evening, all bands.

I've been interested to catch DJ ?uestlove's Bowl Train on Thurs nights for a while. I couldn't stay, it was 12:30 already, but I was compelled to slowly boogie my way out of there. I need to make that a night sometime when I have a Fri off.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Kahane/Thile/Mehldau @ LPR 3/2/11

Well! My friend is always talking about Chris Thile and this looked like a good way to get my intro.  It was a good thing we got tickets back in early January because it was sold out.

It started at about 7:45/8:00 with Gabriel Kahane doing solo work.  He played the piano and sang.  Sometimes he played the guitar and sang.  It was good.  Definitely fun.  I mean, I didn't need him, but I'm not into the singer-songwriter thing AND I don't appreciate his piano playing when you have someone like Brad Mehldau in the house.  But that's just me.  My friend and most of the sold out crowd were very happy to have him.

I did enjoy when Brad came out and they did a couple of duo pieces.  I also loved when Chris came out toward the end of Gabriel's portion for the last 2 or 3.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed his portion, I just wasn't blown away is all.

That's to say I was completely blown away by Chris and Brad.  Wow.  I love how they transitioned into Chris' solo set and then there was a portion with a Brad duo.  I think toward the end they did a couple of trio pieces.  I'm a little late writing this and there's been a lot of phenomenal music since last week.

Chris Thile is unbelievably talented.  Wow!  I will be making more of an effort to see him more often.

Chris Thile and Gabriel Kahane-SOLD OUT
w/ special guest Brad Mehldau , co-presented with Carnegie Hall as part of Brad Mehldau’s 2010-11 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair residency at Carnegie Hall

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Dee Pop's Medicine Men @ ABC No Rio 2/27/11

I think in another email he referred to the band as "Radio I-Ching 3D".  The music is similar to Radio I-Ching and just as great. 

You may have noticed I've seen Radio I-Ching a number of times, my attendance predates this blog.  This is similar enough to think of it as an offshoot.  I like seeing this band or any other similar thing so close to Tonic's old space - that's where I first saw them.

It's got to be said again and again.  YOU WOULD LOVE THIS BAND!  They are great and fun and appeal to a lot of people.  They need to be opening at Brooklyn Bowl and other places!  They need to be in a multi-band night at Le Poisson Rouge!  Hopefully there will be other chances to see this or another Dee Pop project.  I'm counting on it, but they are few and far between.

This quartet had me dancing and rocking out and thoroughly enjoying myself. While I was the only one dancing again, it's a band that many would dance to.  I think the setting precluded it, but it's a get down rock/experimental band.

Sunday Feb 27th @ 7pm
*surreal blues*
Dee Pop's Medicine Men
in 3D surround sound
Dee Pop - percussion, primal howling, errant mumbling, electronics
(bush tetras, gun club, freedomland, james chance...)
Don Fiorino - guitar, bass, mandolin, other stringed things & electronics
(hanuman sextet, attention screen, radio i-ching)
Daniel Carter - sax, clarinet, trumpet & interstellar mathematics
(other dimensions in music, test, yo la tengo)
and special guest, from Sediment Club, Austin Julian - guitar, dangerous weapons and other surprises
* avant boogie*
*jumped jazz*
156 Rivington Street
(between Suffolk & Clinton)
Suggested donation $5

Bustle in Your Hedgerow @ Brooklyn Bowl 2/25/11

Like I said, I would be back for more.  There were A LOT more people this night - it was pretty packed.  It was still great.  I got there at 10 and they probably just came on as the 1st set ended at 11.  The 2nd set started at about 11:35 and I left just before midnight - I have to support Steven Bernstein playing Manhattan.  It was also about the crowd.  I got sick of the talking during Dazed and Confused.  I was also sick of some of the crowd singing.  In other words, it was too crowded for me.

There may have been 1 repeat from the prior night, maybe none.  It was great.  My favorite was "All of My Love".  I do think I enjoyed the night before a little more.

I did go down to Blue Note for the Spontaneous Construction series with  Steven Bernstein, Colin Stetson, Vicente Archer and Dan Weiss. However, they were late clearing the room and I was too tired to wait around.  I was pretty happy with 2 nights of Zeppelin covers by a stellar band.