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Ei tea, kuna ma koju tulen…

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DSCN0825Hmm.. ei tea, kas mind on tabanud seagripp või mis.. Päriselt ka, haige olen. Ja kes oleks osanud arvata, tekkinud ka kerge igatsus Eesti järele. Vaatan YouTube’st Eesti videosid ja mõtisklen selle üle, kuidas eestlased ikkagi täiesti omamoodi rahvas on. Tõesti kummaline, ühtäkki on mul kiusatus hakata facebookis ühinema gruppidega nagu Estonia kicks ass jne 😀 Kujutan ette, kui chill oleks kusagil botaanikaaias augustiõhtul veini juua… Või järves ujumas käia. Ja metsas mustikaid korjata… Jazzist on kah suht kõrini juba, kaua viitsib seda kuulata :D.

Jubedalt jubedalt palavaks on läinud. Päris ohtlik on aga ilma jakita kodust lahkuda, sest siseruumides ja metroovagunites on jäine air-conditioning.

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July 29, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Davy Mooney Quartet; Arthur Kell Quartet @ 55 Bar

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Davy Mooney Quartet @ 55 Bar

Davy Mooney Quartet @ 55 Bar

What a nice shelter from the rain – I spent the whole evening @ 55 Bar last night.  Early set was Davy Mooney Quartet – Dave Mooney (guitar), John Ellis (tenor sax), Orlando LeFleming (bass), Greg Ritchie (drums). Great choice of sidemen :D. Having that good sidemen might be dangerous though, but I guess it worked out. Davy Mooney did some singing as well – he has a really nice voice. I liked the drummer a lot. And John Ellis is just so incredibly expressive. He seems to have mastery over so many shades of sound and dynamics.

Arthur Kell Quartet @ 55 Bar

Arthur Kell Quartet @ 55 Bar

And the next band, Arthur Kell Quartet was just amazing! Nir Felder on guitar, Loren Stillman on alto, Mark Ferber on drums, Arthur Kell on bass and compositions. They were so tight and everybody was really killin’! The first set was especially good, I enjoyed it so much! 😀 Hearing that kind of music makes me not want to leave New York. Nir Felder really surprised me again – even though he suffered from a jet leg, that was some very inspired ground-breaking guitar playing there. He seems to get better with every time I hear him, or is it just me? Anyway, it was fun to hear him play next to Loren Stillman – those guys both play so incredible lines and have amazing sound. How can they be so killin’ when they just seem to be sight reading?  😀 Yeah that first set was one of my favorite concerts here, so far :D.

Lee Konitz trio @ Riverbank State Park

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Lee Konitz trio

Lee Konitz trio

Nice place for a concert on a Sunday afternoon – Riverbank State Park (Riverside Drive @ W 145th St). Went there to hear the legend Lee Konitz on alto sax with Dan Tepfer on piano, also featuring double bass even though the concert was listed as a duo. I got there for the second set – and exactly the minute it started to pour outside. Yeah, Lee Konitz still has the tone, even at 81! For me, some of the forms sounded a bit disguised though 😀 They played standards, opening the set with Stella. I really liked Dan Tepfer’s blazer. I was thinking if he needed some extra money besides jazz piano, he could try modeling 😀

Great views around Riverbank State Park 🙂

New Jersey view

New Jersey view

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July 27, 2009 at 4:24 am

Uus kodu Brooklynis, Park Slope

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Park Slope

Park Slope

Ma elan nüüd vahelduseks ühes teises toredas Brooklyni piirkonnas – Park Slope (Picasa pildialbum). See on Manhattanilt küll kaugemal, aga muidu ülimalt armas koht. Peaaegu kõik majad on brownstone’id, ilusad suured puud tänavaid ääristamas. Kõige rohkem kaifin ma seda, et elan üksi terves korteris (päris hea vaheldus ühele väiksele toale ja mustanahalistega koos elamisele). Olin juba ära unustanud kui kaif on üksi elada – saab laiutada, paljalt ringi käia jne jne.  Kahjuks pole väga palju aega ümbruskonda uurida, kuna käin tööl, ühes pagariäris, ületundidega. See omakorda on kah jällegi ehtne Ameerika – inimesed teevad siin nii palju tööd kui võimalik, paljudel on mitu töökohta, et vaba aega ikka kohe kindlasti ei jääks.  Ma ise eelistaksin varianti, kus pigem veitsa vähem raha, aga rohkem aega. Sest kui on aega, on kõik muu peale üüri võimalik praktiliselt tasuta saada, kui olla õigel ajal õiges kohas – ja seda ma oskan hästi :D. Aga praegu ma käin igatahes tööl, sest J1 viisa eeldab töökohta ja teatud keskmist arvu tunde nädalas. Kuigi päriselt ka, mulle tundub, et mustalt tööd leida on pigem kergemgi ja raha saab otse kätte, ei pea makse maksma.

Q train views

Q train views

Aga jah, huvitav on uut ümbruskonda uurida – erinevates Brooklyni piirkondades on erinevad inimesed ja erinev õhhkkond, erinev õhk, isegi. Siit Park Slope’ist on rongisõit linna veitsa pikem, samas ka rohkem eri liine valida. Newyorklased ristivad nalja pärast rongi tähiseid nimedega – G for gradual/ghost, N for nasty, L for Love 😉 N & R – mis sõidavad enamvähem sama liini pidi –  never and rarely jne. Kui sõita Q või N rongiga üle silla, avaneb päris hea Manhattani vaade, aga inimesed ei tõsta pilkugi – kelle jaoks eksootika, kelle jaoks hall argipäev.

Täna oli pärast tööd väga tsill vaba õhtu. Nautisin oma suurt kodu, käisin vannis, jõin oma lemmikut Bohemia õlut, kuulasin Coltrane’i ja lugesin Hemingway’d 😀 Homme on mul vaba päev üle pika aja. Tahaks randa minna, aga ilm konkreetselt pole päris õige – liiga pilves…

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July 25, 2009 at 11:58 pm

Nate Radley 4tet @ the Church of Greenwich Village

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Nate Radley 4tet

Nate Radley 4tet

Nate Radley (guitar), Loren Stillman (alto), Gary Wang (double bass), Diego Voglino (drums) @ the Neighborhood Church of Greenwich Village, Bleecker St (6th Av). I found Gary Wang on double bass real amazing, the way he seems to tell stories with his playing. Actually heard him about a month or so ago playing in Ben Monder’s trio. And Loren Stillman is a really happening alto player, I guess he’s one of my favorite sax players I’ve heard here so far. I actually first saw him play with Tim Ziesmer @ Spike Hill and then with his own trio @ Royale (Park Slope) a couple of weeks ago. He can take playing harmony into whole new intriguing level. This time I really liked January by Nate Radley and the Flaming Lips cover One More Robot.

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July 25, 2009 at 10:17 am

Todd Marcus trio @ Garage and Mike Stern @ 55 Bar

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Todd Marcus trio @ Garage

Todd Marcus trio @ Garage

There’s another jazz music venue called Garage on 7th Avenue @ Grove Street, Greenwich Village, that has 2 acts of live jazz every day with no cover and no minimums. And they had $4 draft beer as a happy hour deal even @ 10:30 PM. I went there actually to hear a good friend and burnin’ bass clarinet player from Baltimore – Todd Marcus. I was there for the first set with some great standards playing. But the bands play at that venue ’til 2:30 AM, that’s three sets, I guess. I got the impression that the bartenders there aren’t the friendliest people ever, though.

Mike Stern trio @ 55 Bar

Mike Stern trio @ 55 Bar

On my way home I thought I should check out what’s happening @ 55 Bar. It was Mike Stern trio having the regular, every-other-Wednesday gig. The place was almost packed. The bass player- Tom Kennedy was just ridiculous – more than perfect technique, great groove and sound. The live vibe was happy, energetic and relaxed at the same time.

And Mike Stern just sounds like a superstar, with his inimitable sound that for me seems to be friendly, open and personal all at once. Anyway, for having a good time, Mike Stern concert is a great option. When usually they end last sets @ 55 Bar somewhere arounf 1 AM, then this time it went on for about forty minutes after 1. They finished with a really burnin take of Straight No Chaser. I wonder what the tempo was when they switched to double time with the already uptempo tune.

55 Bar regular

55 Bar regular

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July 23, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Mark Guiliana's Thing @ Rockwood Music Hall

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Mark Guiliana's Thing @ Rockwood Music Hall

Mark Guiliana's Thing @ Rockwood Music Hall

Great Music venue in Lower East Side with no cover – Rockwood Music Hall. Seems like they have 9-11 1-hour shows per night. The reason I got there was Mark Guiliana’s Thing (the best thing I know about New Jersey 😀 :D).  It was Jason Fratticelli on bass – electric bass this time, he was just as killin’ on it as on Wednesday @ Rose, where he played acoustic bass. And Aaron Dugan on guitar. Lots of experimenting, delay, flanger, nice work with looper.  The live vibe reminded me of Led Zeppelin – incredible grooves and playing together. I got there a little late but just in time to see Matisyahu sitting in for a tune. That was unbelievable. This really random-looking guy strolls on the stage and gives a killin’ performance playing some rap/reggae music with the band and taking a great beatboxing solo. Does that kind of thing happen anywhere else besides New York?

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July 22, 2009 at 11:23 am