Nir Felder Quartet @ the Jazz Gallery
Last night I finally made it to Jazz Gallery – “the most imaginatively booked jazz club in the city” “And it’s bookings are like an index of who’s getting serious out there” (New York Times), “#1 venue to hear live music in NYC” (Time Out New York). It’s really is a great place – with no compulsory drinks (in fact, there is no bar at all, just music). The band playing was Nir Felder Quartet, with Jon Cowherd on keys, John Hebert on bass and Mark Guiliana on drums. Nir Felder seems to be one of New York’s greatest guitar talents lately, this time playing a concert with original music.
I really liked his solidbody guitar sound – very personal and suggestive, with lots of space and power in it. Actually big part of the music itself was a little bit too complicated for me to grasp in the first place – would like to hear it again sometime.
At Jazz Gallery I ran into pianist Kristjan Randalu – the only Estonian musician that I know of, residing (for some time of the year at least) in NY. It was nice to see another Estonian :D. We went to have a beer and hear a concert (of Manuel Valera Group) later on @ Zinc Bar (West 3rd St). There was some really fast playing going on 🙂 and again a great example of American energetic kind of drumming – Obed Calvaire. The drummers here are another world, really, I’m so impressed with it.