Here are a few new (or new to me) things I have been listening to. Some jazz and some indie rock.
Tonight I went to hear my fist live performance since March. It was at The Broadside, which is a great outdoor venue in New Orleans. The chairs are well spaced, the people all wear masks, the sound is good. There is food and drinks. Plus there is a cool view of downtown from the right seats. It was nice to hear music with people and not feel like I was being pandemic irresponsible.
Helen, Will, and Doug sounded great, and it was great to see and hear my friends. I will be playing there next Wednesday with a new band that will be lots of fun. Tickets here.
Jon Garelick of the Boston Globe included “Unanimous Sources” in his Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2020″ list. He heard it on WWOZ. Read the article here: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/12/24/arts/jon-garelicks-top-10-jazz-albums-2020/
Here are a list of things that Scratch My Brain (Jeff) suggests for Bandcamp Day (1 May 2020). For a little context, Bandcamp , the artist focused digital store, is waiving their revenue share on May1, June 5, and July 3 as a way to help support artists who are struggling through the lost work due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is starting to resemble record store day, in that people are putting together special releases just for the day. All of my suggestions are not Bandcamp day only specials, but they are all things that I think readers of this blog might enjoy, so here we go.
Trionomicon (Brad Walker, Matt Booth, and Paul Thibodeaux) This is brand new music, recorded live at the Sidebar in New Orleans, and the download includes some cool bonus videos. NB: I mastered this one.
Breakfast for Dinner Records (my label) is also waiving its revenue share on May 1, so all of the revenue really does go to the artists. There are 17 albums on the label, including the new Unanimous Sources record. You can get the whole catalog for 35% off the regular minimum price.
My friends and colleagues Ohmme have some new stuff out as well. Definitely my favorite band made up of two super creative and lovely humans with guitars.
Trapper Keaper Meets Tim Berne & Aurora Nealand is not new, but it is still very good and a bit overlooked, I think. NB: I produced this one.
WWOZ is playing sets from past Jazz Fests during the times that Jazz Fest would have been happening. Tune in at 90.7 FM in the New Orleans area or www.wwoz.org. Full listings are here: https://www.wwoz.org/640011-jazz-festing-place-cubes
You can hear me at 12:30 pm on Friday, April 24 on the 2018 Luther Kent & Trick Bag set, and at 4:30 pm on Thursday, April 30 on the Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Orchestra set from 2015. There is a two week archive as well
It is almost like having gigs…ok, not really, but it is better than nothing.
One of the joys of teaching is that your students graduate (well, some drop out), then they go and do cool stuff. One of my new favorite bands is Dad?. The shows are fun, and the people in the band are some of my favorites.
Dad? Saturday at the Saturn Bar.
Me and the band pre-show. (Note, this band is so cool that George Porter, Jr. took this picture)
Give them a listen below.
“If sentimentality is the synonym of nostalgia, then the antonym is anticipation, and maybe a better word would be modernity. That word comes to mind spinning the trio recording New Normal by trombonist Jeff Albert, drummer Dave Cappello and their guest, bassist William Parker. “
I recently finished reading How Music Got Free: the end of an industry, the turn of the century, and the patient zero of piracy by Stephen Witt (Penguin Random House).
It is a compelling account of the end of the era of major label largess told through the concurrent tales of a label executive, technology innovator, and early pirate. It doesn’t offer answers to the industry’s current problems, but it does help explain how we ended up where we are. Witt is a skilled story teller and it is an enjoyable read. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the inner workings of the music industry, and related technology.
I just got back from a lovely two weeks in Europe. The main purpose pf the trip was for a tour in Italy with Marcello Benetti’s Shuffled Quartet, but I worked in a trip to Switzerland for the International Society for Improvised Music 2015 Conference.
Our regular woodwind collaborator, Rex Gregory, could not make the trip because he is busy being a new father, so we had Dan Kinzleman on clarinet, flute, and tenor sax. Dan is an American musician who has lived in Italy for the last ten years or so. He is a wonderful musician, a fun hang, and a great road comrade. We were happy to have him with us. It was also nice to have two people who spoke the language of Italian sound engineers at sound checks.
We did most of the touring in Marcello’s Toyota Yaris Versa. Somehow we all fit, with the stuff.
Setting up for soundcheck in Udine, for our performance at Udin&Jazz. The concert space was lovely and the sound was very good. The festival also had great hospitality.
Sound check selfie.
The last gig of the tour was in Rovigo for the summer jazz series presented by the conservatory there. We shared the concert with the quartet of Massimo Morganti, who teaches at the conservatory. This pic is Massimo’s band at sound check.
After the gig in Rovigo, Marcello and I drove overnight to Chateau-D’Oex, Switzerland for the ISIM Conference. The over night drive was crazy, but when you arrive to this view from your hotel room, it feels less stupid.
This tiny alpine village seemed like an odd choice for the location of this year’s conference, but the setting was lovely, and the hosts were great. There were some good conversations about diversity, and community building. I presented on improvisational structures I use with my student laptop orchestra, and I really enjoyed Jeff Morris’s presentation on his weblogmusic.org project.
I also got the chance to hear a great house concert before I came back home. The band was led by Filippo Vignato, and they did his arrangements of Albert Manglesdorf’s music. The band included Piero Bittolo Bon, who has performed at Open Ears, and a great young bass player named Rosa Brunello.
It was a great trip. We made some good music, and I met or reconnected with a bunch of great people. I am happy to be home, but a touch sad that I left before I could experience Mirano Baseball Day.
I have a new record label called Breakfast for Dinner Records. The music is available in most of the usual digital places and CDs are available from the label’s band camp page.