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Brad Shepik trio @ Solo Kitchen Bar and Mike Moreno Quartet

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Brad Shepik trio @ Solo Kitchen Bar

Brad Shepik trio @ Solo Kitchen Bar

Couldn’t make up my mind about what I should hear last night so I tried to have it all – first went all the way down to Flatbush, Brooklyn to Solo Kitchen Bar to hear Brad Shepik’s trio. This time it was Adam Niewood on sax and Mark Guiliana on drums. Just can’t get enough of Mark Guiliana’s drumming! Almost can’t believe my ears at times, all this great music coming from just one guy playing the drums… I really recommend everybody to check him out, who hasn’t already. Don’t know much about drumming but never heard anyone play like that. How come I never really even noticed the drummers so much before coming here anyway? And here I end up mainly listening to the drummers.

Not me on the picture :)

Not me on the picture 🙂

The second stop was intended to be 55 Bar. In some mysterious way the subway followed a really weird route back to Manhattan – I was supposedly on a 2 train Bronx express, but it stopped at really wrong places according to the map and I ended up at an unexpected station and walked to 55 Bar. So I actually only heard the last tune of Mike Moreno’s Quartet – it was a good one :). Liked the sound a lot, actually there was Tim Collins on vibraphone – really would have wanted to hear some New York vibes playing. Next time then, I guess. We hanged around for a couple of beers at a bar next door, Kettle, with Mike Moreno, Kristjan Randalu, Tim Collins and later on a Canadian double bass player girl. Really had a good time with them.

the Ice Siren @ the Jazz Gallery

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Went to the Jazz Gallery again on Saturday to hear John Ellis’s Large Ensemble project, a “jazz opera”, the Ice Siren – it featured an 11-piece ensemble (strings, vibes, guitar, percussion, tuba, saxophones/woodwinds, 2 vocals).  I couldn’t really follow the music and the story very well this time, probably because I’d been having too much Sex on the beach at a bar before (another story), but I did notice Gretchen Parlato‘s magically impressive voice.  At the concert I also noticed that Mike Moreno is playing a guitar looking very much like mine. Went to check it out after the concert – the guitar was actually a Gibson, but we did go out for drinks later on.

Written by Ines

June 1, 2009 at 5:02 pm