Thursday, September 22, 2011

Dee Pop @ Local 269 9/18/11

It was early and it sounded good as I walked by after the Talk at The Living Theatre ended.  Another great rock band with Dee.  There was an upright bass this time, along with Don Fiorino on strings, Austen Ivan Julian on guitar, and Dee.  Daniel Carter is always a treat.  I stuck around for an hour, maybe less and enjoyed it thoroughly.

From Dee's Listing:

Dee Pop's Private World will perform at Local 269.

The group is led by drummer Dee Pop. Dee Pop's broad approach to music has led him to an impressive range of musical associations. During his thirty-plus year career, he has played/and or recorded with Bush Tetras, Jeffrey Lee Pierce and the Gun Club, Richard LLoyd, Jayne/Wayne County, Lenny Kaye, Radio I-Ching, Marc Ribot, William Parker, Roy Campbell, The Shams (Sue Garner & Amy Rigby), James Chance, Michael Karoli of Can, Deerfrance, The Washington Squares, John Spencer, Eddie Gale, The Clash, Andy Shernoff, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Wayne Kramer, Odetta, Bobby Radcliff, John Sinclair, Nona Hendryx, Band of Outsiders, Gary Lucas, Hanuman Sextet, Freedomland, Matt Verteray, Freddie Pompeii, Slits, Darlene Love, Patti Palladin, Billy Bang, Borah Bergman, The Waldos, Jahn Xavier and Felice Rosser.

Don Fiorino is perhaps one of the most underrated string musicians in the NYC area. Whether on the guitar, the banjo, mandolin, steel guitar, sitar or bouzouki, Don can twist just about any traditional genre into new worlds unto themselves.

Volumes have been written about the great sax, trumpet, clarinet and flautist Daniel Carter. Most important to me was that Daniel was the first musician to physically allow me to meld seemingly contrary styles of music and derive whole new languages that really keep up with the speed of today's advancements in communication.

Chris Jones can hang ten while still honoring the rules of bop.

Youngest member guitarist Austen Ivan Julian brings hope that importance of history and the need to invent and move forward are both equally essential.

Admission is free. Dancing/body movement would be an honor.


Marc Ribot, Ammiel Alcalay and Jessica Lurie @ The Living Theatre 9/18/11

This looked like a special rare event with 2 artists I tend to see every chance I get.  I'm not Jewish, but I don't think it mattered.  The evening was really about art, it just happened to be presented by a Jewish paper.  It was phenomenal.

It started with a Jessica Lurie mini solo set.  The first piece was called "Patience" and was played on alto sax. The next piece was for flute.  Then came 2 awesome baritone pieces.  There was one in particular that really rocked.  She sounded like she had some effects, but she didn't. The last piece was from 1939.  She said they tuned up differently back then.

She also used that interesting thing that looks like a cup that she holds up to her mouth and does vocals with.  We learned later it is a toy megaphone that they don't make anymore.  It has some fun built in sounds that can be used in conjunction with the voice.

Next she invited Ribot up to join her.  He brought out his acoustic and didn't use a mic or amp.  They did 3 or 4 awesome pieces, ending with a great Blues piece.  Jessica started with the baritone and then moved to the alto.

Next was a Ribot acoustic mini set.  First Albert Ayler's "Holy, Holy, Holy".  Then he did a standard.  During the Q&A, he said when he does standards he's really doing an exegesis on the melody.  Something like that.

After that was some poetry and prose readings.  While I'm not really interested in the content, war and all that, I loved how rhythmic it was.  He's got a great voice for reading.  During the Q&A Jessica asked him about it.  He said the rhythm just comes from the text.  It's impossible not to read it that way.  I also gathered the rhythm somehow emerged during the creative process.

After this, there was a short intermission - I guess about 15 min or so.  Then came a collaborative piece with all 3 of them.  It looks like they composed or at least sketched something because Marc and Jessica both had sheet music in front of them and it looked like they were reading. Ammiel was reading from one of his books.  At least one line of text mentioned Albert Ayler.  It came out during the Q&A that Ammiel wrote a book that Ribot read.  Ribot asked him after reading it if it was about (inspired by?) Albert Ayler.  It was.  Apparently Ribot is the only one the poet knew of who actually got it.

After the collaboration was a "Talk".  I wanted to bolt before the talk, I expected it to be about war or other subjects that bring me down.  Luckily, it was awkward to slip out so I surrendered.  I was rewarded with a phenomenal Q&A about music, creative process, etc.  There was nothing depressing about that talk, only fascination.

The Jewish Daily Forward presents the third installment in a new series of innovative arts programming. “Jewish Art for the New Millennium” showcases cutting-edge Jewish artists and thinkers who represent their identity in the most original, innovative ways.

Legendary avant-garde guitarist Marc Ribot, multi-instrumentalist Jessica Lurie and writer and poet Ammiel Alcalay team up for an evening of intellectually provocative words and music as each performs separately and then join forces for a collaborative session and conversation with the audience.

Marc Ribot’s recording credits include a stellar list of performers — Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Laurie Anderson, Medeski Martin & Wood, Allen Ginsberg, Norah Jones, The Black Keys, Jakob Dylan and many others. Ribot regularly works with composer John Zorn and has released a number of albums on Zorn’s “Radical Jewish Music” label, Tzadik. He also frequently collaborates with producer T Bone Burnett, most notably on Alison Krauss and Robert Plant’s Grammy Award-winning “Raising Sand.” Click here for more info.

Ammiel Alcalay is a poet, writer, critic, translator as well as a professor at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is widely known for exploring the junctions between poetry and politics, especially those pertaining to the Middle East, as well as having a distinctly unique, radical approach to writing that melds together various genres into a single discourse. A world-renowned scholar of Middle-Eastern and Sephardic literatures, Alcalay’s collection of poetry and photography, “Neither Wit Nor Gold” was published by Ugly Duckling Press earlier this year. He also directs “Lost & Found,” the CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, which features correspondence, journals, critical prose and transcripts of talks by influential American poets. Alcalay’s work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, Time magazine, The New Republic, Village Voice, Jerusalem Post, Parnassus, and many other publications. Click here for more info.

Jessica Lurie is a virtuoso saxophonist, accordionist and vocalist, as well as a composer, widely known for her “flair suggestive of a Balkan John Coltrane or klezmerized Sonny Rollins” (JamBase). She’s worked with a diverse base of performers including Bill Frisell and The Indigo Girls, Mark Ribot and Sleater Kinney, among many others. In 2000, she started her own label, Zipa! Music. In 2006, Jessica was awarded a Sundance Music Institute Fellowship for film composition. Click here for more info.

About the Forward:
The Forward is a legendary name in American journalism and a revered institution in American Jewish life. Launched as a Yiddish-language daily newspaper on April 22, 1897, the Forward entered the din of New York’s immigrant press as a defender of trade unionism and moderate, democratic socialism. The Jewish Daily Forward quickly rose above the crowd, however; under the leadership of its founding editor, the crustily independent Abraham Cahan, the Forward came to be known as the voice of the Jewish immigrant and the conscience of the ghetto. It fought for social justice, helped generations of immigrants to enter American life, broke some of the most significant news stories of the century, and was among the nation’s most eloquent defenders of democracy and Jewish rights.
The Forward family of newspapers continues to carry on the founding vision of Abraham Cahan, serving together as the voice of the American Jew and the conscience of the community.

BuzzUniverse @ Canal Room 9/16/11

I'm often too tired on Fridays to do anything and this one was no exception.  However, I happened to be walking by Canal Room around 8:15/8:30ish when I heard the funk oozing out of the walls.  I quickly remembered Buzz was there and it was too early and too close to play the too tired card.

It was a good thing because it was a lot of fun.  It was a CD release party and Stephanie the flute player sat in.  She used to be in the band and I presume she's on the CD.  It's nice they have a violin and tenor/baritone as permanent members.

The first set was a lot of new material that's not on the new album.  The 2nd set was mainly songs from the new album.  I couldn't stay for the whole thing because it's important that I give my cat his heart medicine in a certain timeframe.  I enjoyed what I got, though.
To celebrate the September 20 release of Living Breathing Magic, our third studio album, we will be headlining The Canal Room, 285 Broadway in New York City on September 16. As a special offer, anyone attending the show will be able to purchase a copy of Living Breathing Magic in advance of the scheduled release date. As a further special offer, anyone purchasing tickets in advance, can obtain a copy of the new album for only $5.
Alex Garay: Guitar/Vocals
Dave Migliore: Drums/Vocals
Greg McLoughlin: Bass/Vocals
Brian Ciufo: Saxophones/Vocals/Hand Percussion
Meredith Rachel Bogacz: Violin
Rosie Lazroe: Vocals

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Marc Ribot Really The Blues @ Iridium 9/15/11

It was great, just like the last time.  I was glad to see Marc and Cooper-Moore together again.  The very first time I saw Cooper-Moore was in a trio with Ribot and Chad Taylor on drums.  I hope that trio resurfaces again some day.

Brad Jones was awesome on bass.  I loved the drummer.

They did Blues, Jazz, and Funk.  The set was 75 minutes and then they came out for an awesome funky encore because we asked for it.  It was a phenomenal show.

Secret Chiefs 3 @ LPR 9/13/11

This band rocks!  There were 2 bands on before them and I missed them both.  They've had Kayo Dot open for them before and I would like to see them some time.  I walked in just after 10 and it seemed like they just started.

The music was phenomenal.  Ches Smith was on drums as was another guy.  2 drummers is twice as nice!  There was also a female percussionist, she may have just had tablas, I'm not sure.  She was the only one without a hooded cloak and may have been a special guest.  There was also a keyboard player toward the front of the stage facing the band.  Of course the guitar/trumpet/violin player was there.  There were 7 in all.

I loved the show.  There was a good crowd but it wasn't too crowded.  I had to leave at a little after 11 due to work constraints but it was well worth coming out for.

Here's a recording of the show:

Trey Spruance - Saz, Guitar, etc.
Timb Harris - Violin, Guitar, Trumpet, etc.
Adam Stacey - Keys
Ches Smith! - Drums
Danny Heifetz! - Drums
Toby Driver - Bass
(unknown) - Drum Pad, Hand Drums

And here's some pictures:

You can find some vids from the show on youtube.

TTB @ The Beacon 9/10/11

There was no mention of an opener except on the Beacon Marquee.  It was Scrapomatic and they did a short one, lasting about 1/2 hour.  I was very worried that people were all sitting and a lady behind me yelled at me to sit down so she could see.  I always get way too upset about that.  Fortunately, a lot of people stood for TTB.  Better yet, I was in the section where people tended to stand a lot if the most of the floor was sitting.  Good deal!

I had heard after I got there TTB would hit at 8:45 and the show would be over at 11.  Basically, they don't have that much material for a big 2 set night.  I remember thinking why don't they pull out some covers or do some more soloing or something.  Looks like they already had that figured out because that's what they did in the set they played straight through.  It was a great show.

I got the new CD for only $10 while I was there.  It's great!  They played all of the songs on it.  They also had a drums portion which I loved.  Then Oteil come out with the drums and do his bass/voice thing.  I remember when he did that every night one year for The ABB Beacon run.  The trombone player is a good dancer and a good jazz singer, so he filled in with a jazz vocal tune.  It was a great, long set.

I admit I still miss the Derek Trucks Band more than I can say.  I just had to express that.  It would be nice if this band evolves into something spectacular, but time will tell.

From the listing:
As husband-wife couples go in the world of music, it is a challenge to find a duo as well-fitted and naturally prolific as that of singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi and guitarist Derek Trucks. After building successful solo careers, the two have been guests on each other's albums, toured together, and have each received individual Grammy nominations in the category of "Best Contemporary Blues Album" for their 2009 albums, Tedeschi for Back To The River and Trucks for Already Free (which he won). Now they have joined forces, writing and recording with their new 11 piece band, the Tedeschi Trucks Band. The group just released, Revelator, an album Rolling Stone describes as a "meaty masterpiece" that echoes so many great traditions- Delta blues and Memphis soul, Sixties rock and Seventies funk- blended with an entirely original, modern sensibility.

Recognized for their outstanding live performances, the Tedeschi Trucks Band also includes singers Mike Mattison and Mark Rivers, bassist Oteil Burbridge, keyboardist/flutist Kofi Burbridge, drummers J. J. Johnson and Tyler Greenwell, plus trumpeter Maurice Brown, tenor saxophonist Kebbi Williams, and trombonist Saunders Sermons. The first generation of this new lineup made appearances at some of the most prestigious festivals of last year including New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest, Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Fest, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, and Japan's Fuji Rock Fest.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Wadado Leo Smith @ LPR 9/6/11

This was excellent.  I love seeing Wadado and don't get to that often.  It started a little after 9.  It was so cold inside, like a refrigerator.  I couldn't take it after 1/2 hour and I had to leave a little early.  It was still awesome.  Susie Ibarra is another one I don't see so much anymore.  Where's she been?

The bass player was unbelievably good.  I loved how much solo time he got.  I need to look out for him more.

Third edition of Crosscurrent's international contemporary jazz festival
w/ Wayne Horvitz New Quartet (World Premiere) and Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet
Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet
Trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser has been active in creative contemporary music for over forty years. His systemic music language Ankhrasmation is significant in his development as an artist and educator.

Born in Leland, Mississippi, Smith's early musical life began in the high school concert and marching bands. At the age of thirteen, he became involved with the Delta Blues and Improvisation music traditions. He received his formal musical education with his stepfather Alex Wallace, the U.S. Military band program (1963), Sherwood School of Music (1967-69), and Wesleyan University (1975-76). Mr. Smith has studied a variety of music cultures: African, Japanese, Indonesian, European and American.

He has taught at the University of New Haven (1975-'76), the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, NY (1975-'78), and Bard College (1987-'93). He is currently a faculty member at The Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts. He is the director of the African-American Improvisational Music program, and is a member of ASCAP, Chamber Music America, and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.

Mr. Smith's awards and commissions include: Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2009-2010), Other Minds residency and "Taif", a string quartet commission (2008), Fellow of the Jurassic Foundation (2008), FONT(Festival of New Trumpet) Award of Recognition (2008), Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Award (2005), Islamic World Arts Initiative of Arts International (2004), Fellow of the Civitela Foundation (2003), Fellow at the Atlantic Center for the Arts (2001), "Third Culture Copenhagen" in Denmark-presented a paper on Ankhrasmation (1996), Meet the Composer/Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Commissioning Program (1996), Asian Cultural Council Grantee to Japan (June-August 1993), Meet the Composer/Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Commissioning Program (1990), New York Foundation on the Arts Fellowship in Music (1990), Numerous Meet the Composer Grants (since 1977), and National Endowment for the Arts Music Grants (1972, 1974, 1981).

Mr. Smith's music philosophy Notes (8 Pieces) Source a New. World Music: Creative Music has been published by Kiom Press (1973), translated and published in Japan by Zen-On Music Company Ltd. (1976). In 1981 Notes was translated into Italian and published by Nistri-Litschi Editori.

He was invited to a conference of artists, scientists and philosophers "Third Culture Copenhagen" in Denmark 1996, and presented a paper on his Ankhrasmation music theory and notational system for creative musicians. His interview was recorded for Denmark T.V., broadcasted September 1996.

Some of the artists Mr. Smith has performed with are : Muhal Richard Abrams, Anthony Braxton, Leroy Jenkins, Roscoe Mitchell, Lester Bowie, Richard Teitelbaum, Joseph Jarman, George Lewis, Cecil Taylor, Andrew Cyrill, Oliver Lake, Anthony Davis, Carla Bley, David Murray, Don Cherry, Jeanne Lee, Milton Campbell, Henry Brant, Richard Davis, Tadao Sawai, Ed Blackwell, Sabu Toyozumi, Peter Kowald, Kazuko Shiraishi, Han Bennink, Misja Mengelberg, Marion Brown, Kazutoki Umezu, Kosei Yamamoto, Charlie Haden, Kang Tae Hwan, Kim Dae Hwan, Tom Buckner, Malachi Favors Magoustous and Jack Dejohnette among many others.

Wayne Horvitz New Quartet @ LPR 9/9/11

The Crosscurrents Festival is put on by some music lovers who fund it all independently.  3 nights, 2 great bands a night, $20 a night.  I was particularly interested in this night.

This was a brand new project.  They ended up getting only 1 rehearsal in before this first gig.  If you are familiar with these 4 great musicians, you would already know that it was stellar.  I loved the music and how varied the pieces are.  Ches Smith was the one Wayne just started playing with and it's a good thing they got together.  Of course, anyone who can get Ches in their projects should feel privileged.

I also loved seeing them on a big stage.  It's funny how I always felt privileged in those "living room seats" at the tiny venues and now I feel as privileged to see those same artists in a larger venue.

The set started at 8:15 and went for about an hour.

Third edition of Crosscurrent's international contemporary jazz festival
w/ Wayne Horvitz New Quartet (World Premiere) and Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet
Wayne Horvitz New Quartet (World Premiere)
Wayne Horvitz piano, keyboards & composition
Briggan Krauss alto sax
Tony Malaby tenor sax
Ches Smith

Wayne Horvitz is a composer, pianist, and electronic musician (b. New York City, 1955). He’s been one of the leading figures in NYC downtown music scene, excelling in crossbreeding genres with his unique and surprising attitude. Even though his notoriety is mainly due to his membership in John Zorn’s Naked City, Horvitz must be valued for his remarkable activity as composer. Since the beginnings of his career it was clearly shown that his primary interest was organizing and creating sound and musical structure, even for large ensembles. He stubbornly pursued a highly individual path, thinking about music in compositional terms but also as a profound and accomplished listener, introducing elements from disparate fields with deep consciousness of every matter. His extremely recognizable style lasts in every single work he produced, allowing him the stature of a major contemporary composer. Ranging from early works in typical downtown scene fashion with William Parker, John Zorn, Lawrence “Butch” Morris, Elliott Sharp, Bobby Previte, Bill Frisell, Jon Rose (to name the most famous ones only) to the vibrant experience of the New York Composers’ Orchestra, his unclassifiable avant rockish bands The President & Pigpen, the groove bar band Zony Mash, electronics meets free Ponga, chamber oriented 4 + 1 Ensemble & Gravitas Quartet, the magnificent acoustic quartet Sweeter Than The Day, not forgetting his classical works, Joe Hill’s oratorio, The Heartsong of Charging Elk and his music for films, theatre and dance, Horvitz sound palette offers a unique and highly individual journey through the delights of modern music. We’re very proud and excited to offer his New Quartet’s world premiere as the opener of the festival.

Jeff Coffin's Mu'tet @ Iridium 9/7/11

Yay! I finally made it to their gig!  It hadn't worked out any of the previous opportunities.  It's great grooving Acid Jazz.  DJ Logic sat in for the 2nd half of the set.

I hadn't seen Jeff in a while and he is awesome.  He plays all the standard saxophones, sometimes 2 at a time.  He plays fast, quick, short notes similar to Karl Denson only more powerful.  I thought of Cochemea - where's he been?

I enjoyed the guitar and trumpet.  The bass was great.  I loved the drums.

It was a good time once I got passed the few loud talkers.  There's no quiet policy at that place.

Jeff Coffin & The Mu’tet featuring Felix Pastorius
The Mu’tet is led by 3x Grammy winning saxophonist & composer Jeff Coffin. On tour with Dave Matthews Band since July, 2008 and with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones since 1997, Coffin strives to expand himself, his band mates and listeners with music flavored by his wide musical interests. Drawing from African, New Orleans, Indian, funk, jazz, folk, Gypsy, rock, fusion, Brazilian and other styles of music, Coffin sends shockwaves down people’s spines with his fierce soloing and inspiring compositions. A passionate and curious player, Coffin is known to use guitar effects on his sax as well as sometimes playing two, count ‘em…two, saxes at the same time!

On drums is the legendary Jeff “Apt. Q-258” Sipe. Jeff & Jeff have been playing together for many years and Sipe recorded on the Mu’tet cd BLOOM as well as the ‘DUET’ project with Coffin (Compass Records). He is renowned for his mind bending drumming with the Aquarium Rescue Unit, Trey Anastasio, Susan Tedeschi, Greg Osby, Phil Lesh, Project Z, Jonas Hellborg & Shawn Lane, Leftover Salmon, Alex Machacek, The Jimmy Herring Project, and many, many others. When Jeff Sipe unleashes his whirlwind of rhythms and grooves they have to be seen and, especially, heard to be believed.

When not touring with legendary guitarist, Derek Trucks, Kofi Burbridge is on keyboards and flute – bringing his not-so-secret Weapons of Mass deFunkstruction to the Mu’tet. You better watch your back. Kofi is one of the most gifted improvisers and composers on the music scene…PERIOD! Kofi is featured on the latest Mu’tet release MUTOPIA and recently recorded with the legendary HERBIE HANCOCK!

Felix Pastorius, son of bass great Jaco Pastorius, roots the Mu’tet on electric bass. He has been playing with the group since 2002 and is featured on MUTOPIA. Felix has also been touring recently with legendary jazz drummer Cindy Blackman while living and playing in NYC. At 6’ 6” tall, Felix is a gifted composer and a monster bassist with the chops and sensitivity of someone twice his height.

Bill “the Spaceman” Fanning rounds out the horns on trumpet. Bill has performed with Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, the Mu’tet, Glenn Frye (of the Eagles), George Garzone, Jon Faddis, Maria Schneider and George Russell. In 2005, Coffin produced Bill’s debut CD, “Parakletos”. A brilliant improvisor and musician, Bill is stretching the boundries of the trumpet by using guitar pedals while still rooting his technique, concept, and sound in the masters.

Mike Seal is a “Young Lion” of the guitar world. He sets people back in their seats with his burning lines, stunning ideas and a remarkable tone that defies his 25 years on the planet. You might hear a little John Scofield, Jimi Hendrix, Derek Trucks, Tony Rice, Stevie Ray Vaughn, or Lionel Loueke, but you’re always hearing Mike Seal. Listen up, he’s the real deal.

A new Mu’tet recording is in the works!

Scott Colley Trio @ Jazz Standard 9/6/11

Awesome power trio!  Scott is on my list to see anything he is in when it works out.  He attracts similar great people to play with.  I love that Chris is in his trio and he is also usually Chris' bassist.  Antonio Sanchez was a great choice of drummer.

I loved Scott's compositions.  Most were upbeat and one was quite funky.  It was an awesome set.

Chris Potter – tenor saxophone
Scott Colley – bass
Antonio Sanchez – drums

He’s been the first–call bassist of choice for such jazz legends as Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall, Andrew Hill, and Michael Brecker. His remarkably empathetic skills, strong melodic sense and improvisational abilities have bolstered groups led by colleagues Chris Potter, Adam Rogers, Brian Blade, David Binney, and Kenny Werner. But it is as a composer and bandleader in his own right that Scott Colley has flourished in recent years, as evidenced by a string of recordings from his 1996 debut Portable Universe (Freelance) through his CAM Jazz CDs Architect of the Silent Moment (2007) and Empire (2010). Tonight, Scott rejoins saxophonist Chris Potter (featured on Colley’s 2001 album Magic Line) and recruits ace drummer Antonio Sanchez for two sets of probing melodic improvisation.

Mike Pride/Kirk Knuffke @ Local 269 9/4/11

Another awesome creative duo.  I loved it.  I was too tired to stay for thw whole set, but it was awesome.  It looks like there is an album coming, so there will probably be more opportunities.

Kirk Knuffke (cornet)
Mike Pride (drums)
***Album out on NotTwo Records next year!***

Guitarbitrations @ Local 269 9/4/11

A 7 guitar septet was just too intriguing to pass up.  Brad Farberman is the leader and conductor.  He was excited about his plan which he was being secretive about.  The musicians and the audience didn't know what style of conduction he would be using with the improvisers.

I like his concept.  He had what looked like the Sunday NY Times in front of him.  On the front and back of many of the sections he taped 8.5 x 11 white sheets of paper with quotes about guitar playing from the NY times over the years.  One side was so the musicians could see, the other side was so the audience could see.  I like that instead of the games where the rules of play are only known by the artists.  The quotes themselves were a lot of fun.

Brad would hold up a quote and point to one or more to prompt them to improvise on the quote.  Often, different players would be playing around different quotes.  Even when some were playing on the same quote, it was completely and totally different.  It was awesome to see all the different guitars and styles each of them had.  It sounded good and I loved the concept.

Cristian Amigo (guitar)
Adam Caine (guitar)
Marco Cappelli (guitar)
Brad Farberman (guitar)
James Keepnews (guitar)
Amanda Monaco (guitar)
Tor Snyder (guitar)
***Guitarbitrations will perform Farberman's "Guitar Like." "Guitar Like" is a new piece for all-guitar ensemble in which participants interpret similes that include the phrase “guitar like.” September 4’s performance will draw its prompts from The New York Times; participants will play works by Ben Ratliff, Jon Pareles, Neil Strauss, Peter Watrous, and others. This is also the debut of the Guitarbitrations ensemble.***

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Metzger/Russo/Deutch/Hess @ Cameo Gallery 9/3/11

Brand new awesome band!  Yay!  They have a bunch of working names which I can't remember.  They started a little before 10:15 and played a 75 min set with no encore.  It looked like another band was next and there was one before them.  Each band is a separate and distinct show.

They started off with a Meters song, which is a nice start.  They played a lot of covers and a few originals.  I think the originals were all written by Joe and they are all great.

They do some funk, some rock, some reggae covers.  All instrumental and all good.

I love that Joe and Andy are in the same band.  I also love seeing Joe around in a genre I enjoy.  Good stuff and I'm looking forward to more!

So, looks like they chose the name Rumble Dogs and here is a video from the show

Los Watcheros @ Cubana Social 9/3/11

I couldn't tell when the Cameo show was going to actually happen, so I got there close to the 8:30 listed time just in case.  Then I found out it would be more like 10ish.  Considering the abundance of music in Williamsburg, it wasn't hard to find something else to keep me occupied.  I wandered down to Cubana Social for the good drinks and some Latin jazz.

I enjoyed the quartet.  Congas on the stage always makes me happy.  Trombone and sax were the horns.  There was also an upright bass.  The set was a little short, probably about 40 minutes, but perfect to get me back to Cameo at 10.

Saturday 9.3       Los Watcheros Afro-Latin Brass Ensemble

Afro-Latin Brass ensemble plays Pan-American Grooves with an emphasis on Cuban and New Orleans rhythms. The group was formed by Trombonist John Speck, seeking to integrate his diverse musical palette honed from touring and recording with artists such as: Jorge Ben Jor, Ricky Martin, Bacilos, Paige McConnell and The Spam Allstars. Expect to hear a Kaleidoscope of Mambo, Funk, Reggae and Cumbia woven together with the magic of Brass.

Featuring: Onel Mulet-Sax/Flute, Jordan Henry-Tuba, Justin Padro-Percussion, John Speck-Trombone/compositions

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

7 Walkers @ City Winery 9/2/11

At first I had no desire to see them.  I figured it was another tired old Dead cover band.  Then, as I looked at the listing, I realized with George and Papa Mali and the NOLA influence, it has a lot of potential.  Yay for me - it was awesome.  They did some Dead songs, the Meters "Just Kissed My Baby", and some originals.  I loved it.  You could dance if you wanted to.  Many people were sitting.  At some point I moved up closer and it sounded even better. It was one long set.  I'm not quite sure how long, but long enough for me.

This is what a Dead derivative should look like!  They took it beyond the Dead, yet gave us some nostalgia tunes as well.

 I ran into Curtis in my hood a day or 2 later, and he mentioned that Bill went up to Hill Country afterwards and sat in with Honey Island Swamp Band. I found something about that on their facebook page.
Chris Mulé & Bill Kreutzmann - NYC - 9-2-11
Bill Kreutzmann can barely contain his enthusiasm for
7 Walkers, the former Grateful Dead drummer’s new band with guitarist / vocalist Papa Mali, legendary New Orleans bassist George Porter Jr., and multi-instrumentalist Matt Hubbard.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Jon Hebert @ Cornelia St 9/1/11

They never start at 8:30, but I wanted to get there just in case.  The last band at The Garage was on set break anyway.  It was nice that we were allowed in at 8:30 and they were sound-checking.  First we heard a lot of Jen's vocals with everyone else in the background and then we heard a lot of piano.  It was very nice and they started the set at a little after 8:45.

I enjoyed it a lot.  They were all awesome and I think Jon Hebert is a phenomenal bass player.  The only problem was the talkers.  There were a couple of people that were brought by their daughter and had no interest in the music.  There weren't that many people there and any talking or whispering was too much.

Still, it was a great 75 minute set.  They were going into the studio the next day and trying out the material on us.

Thursday, Sep 01 - 8:30PM
John Hébert, bass; Jen Shyu, vocals; Andy Milne, piano; Billy Drummond, drums

Matt Garrison Projection @ The Garage 9/1/11

I needed to kill some time in between the gym class that ended at 7:30 in the West Village and the 8:30 show at Cornelia St.  I was wandering around thinking about food, and slowly realizing I was in Greenwich Village and there's lots of jazz around here.  I ended up at The Garage for a salad and a good quartet.

I enjoyed it.  Sax and piano and I really liked the bass.  I don't remember the drums, but that just means the drums weren't bad and didn't blow me away enough to notice him.  It might have been the compositions, who knows.  It was soprano and also sax, heavy on the soprano while I was there.  It was a good "bonus show".

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Stephane Wrembel @ Pilsener Haus & Biergarten, Hoboken 8/31/11

My first Hoboken music!  I have tried to get to Maxwell's ... it just hasn't worked out yet.  I now see it's not so far, L to 6th then 3 stops on the PATH.  Of course, this new Beergarten is about 1/2 hour walk after that, but it was a nice night and I love to walk.  A friend emailed that day to let me know about this no cover show, so I figured why not.

It's a great place to hang out, eat, and drink.  That's the draw, so almost no one is interested in the band.  About 7 of us were up front enjoying the music.  It was great and it wasn't that hard to drown out the loud murmur of talking in the background.  It reminded me of Doma only massively bigger.

It turns out the gig pays well.  The music is sponsored by one of the beer companies, so that's how it works.

I was very happy with it.  The music was excellent!

From Facebook:

We're pleased to announce our first live music: world-renowned gypsy musician Stephane Wrembel! Check out his web site & videos. He's worked with artists as diverse as Patti Smith and David Grisman. A fantastic guitarist in the tradition of Django Reinhart. Wednesday, August 31st, 8:30pm to midnight. Come join us!
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Trombones @ University of the Streets 8/30/11

I've been busy at work and didn't get a chance to see what was going on until I got home close to 8pm.  When I saw a trombone quartet and who was playing I knew this was where I wanted to be.

Alan Ferber was listed, but Curtis Hasselbring was there instead.  He makes me just as happy, so no biggie.  I don't think I've ever seen Chris Stover before.  He was the leader and composer.

Most of the pieces were compositions.  it was pretty good.  Often one of them would have the melody and the rest would be "backup" or "rhythm" or something like that.  Chris Washburn sometimes played the bass trombone, sometimes the regular trombone.

My favorite was the completely free improvised "lagniappe" piece they did for us right before the last arrangement on their "set list".  I use the word "lagniappe", but Chris said they were going to give us "something extra" before the last one.  He then started it off using a beer can in the bell of his horn to make interesting crackly and horn sounds.

Good stuff!

Chris Stover - trombone, compositions, Alan Ferber - trombone, Steve Swell - trombone, Chris Washburne - trombone. $10.
8:00 pm

Ismaily, Smith, Maneiri @ The Stone 8/26/11

Awesome new trio.  They had some music stands out but no music.  The stands were there in case they wanted to use them as instruments.  It was all improvised. They were each very interesting and melded together well.  Shahzad had electric bass, guitar, a couple of big bell-shaped bells, and a tambourine.  Matt had his electric viola, which he occasionally used as a percussion instrument.  He also sometimes played the floor with the bow as a stick.  Ches Smith had some bells and he added his nice snare drum to The Stone's kit. He has some cool thing cords or wires taped to the bottom that he occasionally played - think guitar strings right next to each other with no space.

It was a great set.

Shahzad Ismaily Trio Shahzad Ismaily (bass) Mat Maneri (viola) Ches Smith (drums)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

MMW @ Whitney Museum 8/26/11

I just couldn't get to the other shows, so I'm especially glad I made it to this, the last of 4 Medeski, Martin, and Wood Fridays at the Whitney.

It was crowded, but not ridiculous.  It's annoying how many people talk, sometimes loudly, during the music.  It's especially so during the more out there parts and less so during the funky parts.  It was enough people that attempts to try to shut them up would be futile.  I eventually made it close enough to the band that I could ignore the talkers for the most part.

It was so awesome.  We had special guests Cyro Baptista on percussion and DJ Logic on turntables.  I love DJ Logic in this setting.  I didn't realize I miss Cyro - I hadn't seen him in a few months.  He's so awesome.

This show was super high quality amazing.

Here's a video and another.

Medeski Martin & Wood
w/special guests DJ Logic and Cyro Baptista
The Whitney Museum
New York, NY

1. intro

2. Billy Martin & DJ Logic
3. John Medeski & DJ Logic
4. Chris Wood & DJ Logic
5. Cyro Baptista & DJ Logic

MMW w/DJ Logic & Cyro Baptista
6. Sugar Craft ->
7. improv? ->
8. more improv ->
9. Cyro's fun with Ford hubcaps ->
10. Church Of Logic
11. ?
12. ?
13. Back & Forth
14. banter - Patagonia donation
15. No Ke Ano Ahi Ahi
16. Partido Alto
17. band intros
18. Bubblehouse
19. thanks

Shows I missed:
Billy Martin, Chris Wood, Charles Burnham, DJ Mr. Rourke
Whitney Museum
New York, NY
1. intro by Chris Wood
2. improv #1 *#
3. improv #2 *#
4. improv #3 *+#
5. improv #4 +#
6. improv #5 +#
7. improv #6 +*%
8. improv #7 +*%#
9. improv #8 +*%
10. improv #9 +*%#
11. drum solo
12. DJ solo
13. improv #10 +#%*
14. improv #11 %+#*
15. improv #12 %+#*
16. thanks

* = w/Chris Wood - electric bass, acoustic stand-up bass, Hoeffner bass
+ = w/Billy Martin - drums, percussion
# = w/DJ Mr. Rourke - turntables
% = w/Charles Burnham - violin, harmonica, electric mando-guitar

Show opens with Chris playing some KILLER distorted-electric Hoeffner bass

Whitney Live: Billy Martin’s Wicked Knee / Val-Inc duets with Martin and Wicked Knee brass
Friday, August 12, 2011 7 PM
Lower Gallery and Sculpture Court

In celebration of their 20th anniversary, legendary band Medeski Martin & Wood will be in residence at the Whitney Museum of American Art on Friday nights in August as part of the Whitney Live performance series. Joined by guest artists each night, the performances will encompass older works and newer projects including several MMW side projects and a re-mounting of the acclaimed Turntable Sessions.

Haitian electronic music composer/percussionist/turntablist, Val-Inc evokes the musical esoteric realms of the creative subconscious and self defined as “Afro-Electronica.” She incorporates her African Haitian musical traditions into the present and beyond, combining acoustics with electronics and the archaic with the post-modern.

Wicked Knee:
Featuring Billy Martin (drums), Steven Bernstein (trumpet), Curtis Fowlkes (trombone) and Marcus Rojas (tuba), the new supergroup Wicked Knee features RagTimeFunk Joints with avant-garde interludes.

Free with Museum admission, which is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays from 6–9pm; there are no special tickets or reservations.
Medeski Martin And Wood
Whitney Museum
New York, NY
With Bachir Attar (Master Musician Of Jajouka) on ancient horn
1. Improv
2. Improv
3. Improv
4. Improv

With John Scofield on guitar:
5. intro
6. Tuttie Ma Is A Big Fine Thing
7. Hanuman
8. ?Improv? >
9. drum solo >
10. unknown new song >
11. guitar breakdown (inc. I Will tease [The Beatles cover]) >
12. A Go Go
13. Little Walter Rides Again
14. encore break
15. Amazing Grace
16. crowd/thanks

Voice of the Wetlands @ Hiro Ballroom 8/25/11

I was at a work summer outing earlier where I drank too much.  In spite of my nap, I wasn't feeling great.  I couldn't stay for too long but what I saw was awesome.  I have the CD and it's good.  This was way better.  It was awesome.  These days, everything Anders touches is gold.  I loved having Johnny Vidacovoich in NYC. We really have to get Astral Project up here.  I would love to see them at Jazz Standard.

Waylon Thibodeaux was amazing.  They were all great.  I hope I get another chance some day.

Hiro Ballroom is awesome.  Upstairs is a lounge with the bar and cushy tables and seats.  You can see the band from up there if you are by the rail.  You can hear fine from up there.  There are 2 staircases going down to the floor where you can see the band.  I like it.


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Stooges Brass Band @ Brooklyn Bowl 8/24/11

I was itching for NOLA music and this fit the bill.  I had a note to self ever since jazz fest to see them at a night show.  It was the perfect night and the perfect venue for it.

They are a lot of fun.  The leader is the trombone player.  He was out front with 2 trumpet players.  The 4th horn is the very important sousaphone.  The drummer on the kit is pretty good - I liked the "drum blasts" that would pop in often.

There's also a keyboard and a guy on some kind of electric drum.

A couple of them like antics, which is probably how they chose the name.  They never let the antics sacrifice the music.

They came down from the stage to teach us an easy dance and another time to let individuals strut their stuff by showing off their dance moves.

It was a lot of fun and just what I needed.

Banjo Jim's Closed