Kari Ikonen’s Karikko @ Dizzy’s Club and Ari Hoenig’s trio @ Smalls
My first time to see a show @ Dizzy’s – went to hear the famous Finnish band, Kari Ikonen’s Karikko. Really enjoyed freaking out Mika Kallio, the drummer, who knows me from Viljandi, Estonia – he probably didn’t expect me to show up at a gig at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, New York :D. The music was just beautiful and it was great to hear good old Finnish accent in between songs… :D On contrary to it’s reputation that night @ Dizzy’s wasn’t all that expensive. The cover charge for students was just $10 and the cheapest beer to take care of the drink minimum was $4 – which beats most other venues in NY. Yeah, but Dizzy’s club still has the atmosphere of being a jazz club for the rich people. There was quite a lot of eating and talking going on during the concert. But what a great view :D. Not a bad place to hang out if one can afford it.
For some reason I had a fixation on going to hear Ari Hoenig @ Smalls that night, even though I didn’t have money for the $20 cover charge. But I’ve been hearing so much music for free lately that I kind of forget about paying already. So me and my companion for the night, Douglas, just walked in to Smalls, just like that, and heard a whole set of the great drum artistry of Ari Hoenig, who had Orlando Le Fleming on bass and Gilad Hekselman on guitar in the group that night. It was such a great playful concert. Those guys have the best sense of humor, musically. One of the highlights of the night was certainly when Ari played “Moanin'” on the drums. It was just so laid-back and bluesy that it was
almost hard to take. And Gilad Hekselman really won some hearts over when playing the ballad “Embraceable You” painfully beautifully and yet with a sense of humor. It was also my first time to hear Orlando Le Fleming – he is so enjoyable to watch, I’ve never seen anyone look so comfortable playing the bass, he almost looks as if he’s just chilling out – yet plays with such amazing energy. What a great example of effortless mastery :D