In a turning of the tables, I am the guest on this week’s episode of The Jazz Session. Jason Crane is the host and he has the longest running jazz interview podcast. He is loads of fun to talk to and we hit plenty of non-jazz topics. Hear it here: https://www.thejazzsession.com/2020/06/17/the-jazz-session-526-jeff-albert/ or in any usual podplaces. I would like to note however that we recorded the interview on May 14 or 15, about 10 days before the murder of George Floyd.
Jonathan Freilich is a composer, guitarist, and bandleader in New Orleans. He and Jeff have been friends and colleagues for over 20 years, and here they converse about theirs creative processes, how presentation of music effects performance, and changes in the scene.
Cass Faulconer is an electric bassist who has toured with Cirque du Soleil and Cowboy Mouth, and played with many of the great musicians in New Orleans. We discuss life in the circus, rock and roll touring, auditioning for famous people, fostering a dog, and things you learn moving to a new country.
Brad Walker is a New Orleans based saxophonist who has toured with Sturgill Simpson, makes records with his own bands, and plays with just about everyone in New Orleans. Brad and Jeff discuss recording sessions that we didn’t think produced anything good (but they really did), records that are results of stay at home time, playing solo music, and effects as instruments that need to be learned.
The podcast is in the system for most platforms now, so if you would like to subscribe in your podcast program of choice, this page has links to many of them. NB: the Spotify link seems to be a little janky, and I can’t seem to fix it, but if you just search “Scratch My Brain” it should get you there…actually, the search thing works everywhere.
A conversation with singer, producer and electronic musician Sasha Masakowski. She talks about managing multiple creative pursuits, her recent work with Nicholas Payton, and coming from a family of musicians. https://www.sashamasakowski.com/
Elizabeth Joan Kelly is a New Orleans-based electronic composer. She uses found sounds and MIDI to create lush soundscapes at the epicenter of synthpop, industrial, ambient, darkwave, and classical music. Her new album, Farewell, Doomed Planet!, released October 25, is about the apocalypse. And Chernobyl wolves. Pollution. And space travel. Existential dread. And whales.