• Gimme Da Loot: Christmas Gifts in Jewel cases

    30. Dez. 2008, 19:37

    Every Christmas, I give Mom a list of records I want, and she scours the internet trying to find 'em all. This year she was very successful. I don't know why I am writing all this out, but it felt necessary.

    Nonaah - Roscoe Mitchell
    Windows: The Music of Steve Lacy - Mats Gustafsson
    Serious Fun - Nils Wogram & Konrad Bauer
    Live in Berlin '71 - Peter Brötzmann, Fred Van Hove, Han Bennink plus Albert Mangelsdorff
    Twelve Tone Tales, Vol. 2 - Alexander von Schlippenbach
    Humility In The Light Of the Creator - Maurice Kalaparusha Mcintyre
    Identification with the Enemy: A Key to the Underworld - Zu & Nobukazu Takemura
    Nation Time - Joe McPhee

    On top of all those records, I got a couple of gift cards that I have yet to cash in, and have not made my annual winter trek to Princeton Record Exchange. So there'll be more to come. Much more, hopefully.
  • Irritable Old Man, Really Good Pianist

    4. Nov. 2008, 0:57

    Sat 25 Oct – Paul Bley, Richard Poole

    I showed up around 7:40 (show started at 8) and Paul Bley and Richard Poole were already on stage playing. Not playing together really, just warming up or testing the acoutics, I assumed. Well, after taking my seat and listening to the two "warm up," Bley suddenly, or as suddenly as he could handle at his age, stood up and started complaining about the piano being out of tune. He went on state that "this is a choir piano, not a piano for an actual piano player!" Poole tried to console him and get him to calm down, but Bley kept muttering and complaining and walked offstage.

    So when 8:10 PM pulled around and Bley still had not come out, Poole, who had just been sitting in the front row, went up and just started playing drums. He played for five-ten minutes before Bley finally came out and sat down to play. They actually never palyed together, but took turns soloing. Bley was of course incredible, sounding like Keith Jarrett but not moving through different ideas at a breakneck speed. He took an idea, and would expand on it for minutes before going elsewhere.

    They did not play for long, and I imagine it was because of Bley's feelings towards the piano, which sounded fine to me. Obviously his ear is much more trained than mine, but I really tried listening for any unintentional dissonance and heard nothing. Maybe he's just a irritable old man, but he's an irritable old man who can still play the piano like a motherfucker. Good stuff.
  • Han Bennink

    21. Jan. 2008, 9:03

    Fri 18 Jan – Misha Mengelberg Quartet
    Han Bennink is one of the best drummers alive or dead, and too few people know about him. Misha was incredible too, but Han stole the show. He has more energy, ingenuity, and timing skills, than most other drummmers put together. See this quartet if they come to a place near you.
  • Oh, My God!

    15. Nov. 2007, 4:35

    Sat 10 Nov – Penn State Blue Band Halftime Show

    I think the title really says it all; Oh, My God!
  • Ears to Die For

    12. Okt. 2007, 4:04

    Thu 11 Oct – Charlie Hunter
    Even though Charlie Hunter is now only playing a seven stringed guitar(what a wussy), he and his trio (Simon Lott on batterie and Erik Deutsch on keyboards) were stellar in every sense of the word. Lott and Hunter seemed to be continuously recalling inside jokes as they jammed, causing each other to laugh aloud with just a snare roll or guitar trill. I feel the need to especially point out Lott's incredible listening ability. He would immediately pick up any pattern being played by either Hunter or Deutsch, and work off of it perfectly. Deutsch's soundscape style did not always work at first, but after a little poking aorund, he managed to find the right sound to fit Hunter's groove. Anybody who appreciates the guitar, drums, and/or keyboard should attempt at all costs to see them live.
  • A Bountiful Christmas - List of Music Recieved

    25. Dez. 2006, 21:03

    1. King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays the Music of Frank Zappa - Jean-Luc Ponty

    2. Trombonastics - Joseph Alessi

    3. Symphony No. 7 "Leningrad" - Dmitri Shostakovich

    4. New Al Grey Quintet - Al Grey

    5. Live Art - Béla Fleck and the Flecktones

    6. Trombone Odyssey - Christian Lindberg

    7. Isle of the Dead/Symphony No. 2 - Sergei Rachmaninoff

    8. Assorted Choral/Orchestral Works - Dmitri Shostakovich

    9. Buhaina's Delight - Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers

    10. Club Hangoover Broadcasts - Jack Teagarden

    11. Spirit of the Horn - Slide Hampton and the World of Trombones

    As I spend my gift cards and cash money, more records should be added to this list.
  • Sunday Sunday Sunday

    7. Sep. 2006, 23:48

    Up-and-coming multi-styled band coming out of the Bucks County Area. More information soon, as well as an EP release set for sometime this holiday season. The band members' influences come from Beethoven to the Beastie Boys, with some Frank Zappa and Charles Mingus sprinkled in for good measure. For Pre-orders of the EP, just drop a request in my shout box.