Yay, it worked out that I could go! If Ariel & Shya Kane are in town, I choose Monday Night Alive over almost all music, which is why this is the only night of the residency I made it to.
I was the
first one there at around 7 and they were already rehearsing. The
rehearsal was a score for a Laurel & Hardy film. Steven would
include what was happening in the film in his instructions. It was fun
to see what he had the band sound like in various situations and to
listen to the instructions. Since I'm not a musician, I love these
opportunities to be at a rehearsal. I flashed back to my High School
days, when we girls would hang out in the garage with the guys while
I loved some of the stuff Marty Erlich was doing in
the rehearsal. It was so cool to have him there. Usually, it's the
phenomenal Doug Weiselman on clarinet, but it was an extra special nice
treat to have Marty. They's both phenomenal AND different from each
Tony Mason was on drums and it seemed he and Steven were
just getting to know each other. He had another gig, so right before
the rehearsal ended he left. They had about 4 minutes left of the
score, so they finished it up without him. Right after they ended,
Derik Diggins showed up to be the drummer for the performance. Everyone
loved how the drummers essentially overlapped and saw each other in
passing coming and going. It appeared this was the first time any of
them played with Derek, and they seemed to get along very well. Ben
Perowsky is often the regular drummer for MTO.
After about 1/2
hour setbreak we got blown away by the performance. They played mainly
newer music, which included some Sly. I finally bought the MTO Plays
Sly CD and it's awesome!
Matt Munisteri wasn't there to sing, but
we did have Will Bernard on guitar. For the song Matt would have sung,
they played part of it first anyway and it was spectacular. I knew I
was in the right place.
Erik Lawrence played baritone sax and was his usual greatness.
Burnham was there making me very happy. During the rehearsal portion,
it was striking how much he fit in with the horn section.
guest Art Baron was on trombone. Usually it's Curtis Fawlkes. I liked
when Art was using the mute. He had some good solos.
Ben Allison brought it on the bass. I was happy to see him.
didn't play at all during rehearsal. I presume he can't because he
needs to conduct everything. There's a lot going on there. He played a
lot in the performance and I loved it! Lots of slide AND regular
trumpet and he is da man!
Derek was awesome. Steven needed someone last minute and he called Kirk Knuffke who got Derek for him. Lucky us.
6/25 Monday (MJ)
7:30 and 9 pm
NEW MUSIC OBSERVATORY AT THE STONE
STEVEN BERNSTEIN’S MILLENNIAL TERRITORY ORCHESTRA