The blog posting has been a bit slow lately because I was in Chicago from 2/28 – 3/6. I was having so much fun, and hearing and making so much music, that I didn’t get much chance to write.
I got to hear the Chicago Symphony’s Friday matinée performance of Weber’s Overture to Der Freischütz, Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Weber, and Brahms’ Second Symphony. It is amazing how tight a group can get when they play together everyday for years.
The week’s performances and recordings with the Lucky 7s were very fulfilling. What a great bunch of guys, and cool music too.
I was enlightened in several ways with regards to my recent delving into the space where art and commerce intersect. I’m sure more of that will come out later, but the main thing I picked up was that the music is always best when dealt with solely on its own terms. Don’t ignore the business, just don’t let the business affect the musical vibe.
More on that later.
It’s good to be back.
If you like to write letters to your congress people, check out this Boing Boing post.
Boing Boing: Creepy bill creeping through congress limits artistic expression
It seems to be DRM day.
If DRM and its implications are of interest to you, read this Boing Boing post. It’s got a good punch line.
Boing Boing: Universal DRM dystopia
Pick up a copy of the January 2006 Cadence Magazine. The issue contains an interview I did with musician/trombonist/cool-insightful-cat Jeb Bishop. You should pick up a copy anyway, because it is a neat magazine. Interesting interviews, and lots of reviews.
Guardian Unlimited | Arts news | Just right for an orgy
The Christmas Day edition of Doctor Who, it warned, would feature the doctor saving the world from “a sinister band of masked alien Santa Clauses armed with lethal trombones”.
Jeff Albert » My new download store & new duet recording
My music is now available as legal downloads from Pepper Enterprises mp3 Store. The store sells high quality 256k mp3s, that never have any DRM, so you can burn them or listen to them on whatever player you like. We appreciate the fact that you are willing to pay for music to support its creation. We won’t treat you like a criminal if you buy stuff from us. We trust you to do the right thing, which includes turning your friends on to music that you like, so hopefully they will buy it too.
Having access to my own download store will also allow me to make much more music available to the public, like the new recordings that have just been released called Duets Vol. 1 by Jeff Albert & Ed Barrett. Read more about the new recording here.
We have lost a wonderful man and a fabulous musician. Brian O’Neill passed away Thursday night. Brian was becoming well known as the bass trombonist in Bonerama, but those of us in New Orleans, and Buffalo, and up and down the Mississippi have known for a long time, that Brian was the best. He played wonderful trombone, and piano, and sang. He was also one of the best writers and arrangers around.
There is a nice photo tribute to Brian on the Bonerama website.
Click here to listen a solo he recorded with Bonerama. To paraphrase on of the kids on the OTJF, “the best bass trombone solo I’ve ever heard.”
Here is a cool site that is helping raise money to build housing in New Orleans.
save nola, please help save new orleans now
They sell hats and t-shirts emblazoned with a great “save nola” fleur-de-lis logo, with the proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity and other housing focused organizations. I got the black hat. It is a nice hat, and a good cause.