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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

Brad Shepik trio @ Rose Live Music, Williamsburg

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Brad Shepik trio @ Rose

Brad Shepik trio @ Rose

Once again, great live music @ Rose, this time as part of the Sunday Brooklyn Experiments series – Brad Shepik’s Flat World trio with Chris Speed on tenor sax and Mark Guiliana on drums. I totally spaced out, really beautiful tripping music, took me far away (no wonder one of his albums is called Places you go). Or maybe was rather bringing into the moment. I really like Brad Shepik’s tunes and ideas and the effects he uses and he has really great sound. It’s funny, after hearing the trio a couple of times (first with Bill McHenry on tenor and then with Adam Niewood)  the compositions sound like old hits already :D. Chris Speed played really interestingly. I don’t know why, but at first I had the suspicion that he had been drinking or something. Which would have been probable anyway because they started an hour later than expected, so what better to do with an hour at a bar. Anyway this bass-less guitar trio is one of my favorites here, definitely.

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July 20, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Mark Guiliana's Thing @ Rose (pt IV)

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Mark Guiliana's Thing @ Rose

Mark Guiliana's Thing @ Rose

I missed hearing Mark Guiliana – he has been out of town for a while, touring in Europe. But there it was again, his Thing @ Rose. Mark Guiliana is  really so much more than a drummer, he is one of the most fascinating jazz musicians on the planet I would say :D. This time he had Jason Fratticelli on double bass and Mike Severson on guitar. It was great to discover Jason Fratticelli – amazing genius riffs and groove power, really great straightforward time and tone. I hope I’ll get to hear him play with Mark Guiliana some more, it seemed to be a great match. But interestingly, maybe I’m totally wrong about this, but I felt the music got a lot more obscure when the keyboard player joined in for a while. But yeah, it must be the greatest challenge to keep up with such perfect musicianship, for that’s what the case was there.
Well, it was 4th time hearing Mark Guiliana’s Thing, I’m totally a fan of the project – live improvised experimental music as good as it gets. With the right band, it can be life-changing.

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July 16, 2009 at 11:25 am

Mark Guiliana’s Thing @ Rose (pt IV)

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Mark Guiliana's Thing @ Rose

Mark Guiliana's Thing @ Rose

I missed hearing Mark Guiliana – he has been out of town for a while, touring in Europe. But there it was again, his Thing @ Rose. Mark Guiliana is  really so much more than a drummer, he is one of the most fascinating jazz musicians on the planet I would say :D. This time he had Jason Fratticelli on double bass and Mike Severson on guitar. It was great to discover Jason Fratticelli – amazing genius riffs and groove power, really great straightforward time and tone. I hope I’ll get to hear him play with Mark Guiliana some more, it seemed to be a great match. But interestingly, maybe I’m totally wrong about this, but I felt the music got a lot more obscure when the keyboard player joined in for a while. But yeah, it must be the greatest challenge to keep up with such perfect musicianship, for that’s what the case was there.
Well, it was 4th time hearing Mark Guiliana’s Thing, I’m totally a fan of the project – live improvised experimental music as good as it gets. With the right band, it can be life-changing.

Written by Ines

July 16, 2009 at 11:25 am

Pühapäevane tsill – Cloisters

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Cloisters

Cloisters

Käisin pühapäeva pärastlõunal üleval linnas (190th St, A train), kus asub Cloisters. Enamus turiste sinna ei jõua, küll aga käivad paljud kohalikud seal tsillimas – uskumatult rahulik, ilusad suured puud, muruplatsid, Harlemi vaated, lilleaiad. Hästi mõnus värske lõhnav õhk. Cloisters on Metropolitan Museumi omanduses, seal hoitakse keskaja kollektsioone. Ehitis ise on tegelikult ainult 71 aastat vana, aga selle tarbeks kasutati Prantsusmaa vanade kloostrite detaile, seetõttu näeb see Ameerika kohta kuidagi ajalooline välja. Tegin palju pilte: PicasaWeb album.

Kuidagi eriti tsill kuju

Kuidagi eriti tsill kuju

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July 12, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Tim Hagans Quintet featuring John Abercrombie, Marc Copland, Drew Gress and Billy Hart @ Birdland

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Tim Hagans Quintet @ Birdland

Tim Hagans Quintet @ Birdland

I almost thought I was going to miss hearing Tim Hagans (trumpet), John Abercrombie (guitar), Drew Gress (bass), Marc Copland (piano), Billy Hart (drums) @ Birdland, because of the cover charges. But by a strange coincidence somebody actually invited me – and there I was, premium seated eating steamed popcorn shrimp (really delicious) and drinking bottles of chardonnay. The concert really was as unmissable as the lineup was promising it to be. That was a great example of a good jazz group – everybody being so different, free to be the unique individual that they are and in the same time still be perfectly together. The only other occasion this might also happen, to such great exent, is in a family, I guess. John Abercrombie’s guitar sound is just incredible, something magical about it. One of my favorite moments was when Tim Hagans and John Abercrombie played duo, as an intro to one of the songs  – that was almost just as beautiful as Freddie Hubbard and George Benson on Here’s That Rainy Day (on the album Straight Life).  They played some originals, might have been Marc Copland’s songs and they did a really beautiful version of You Don’t Know What Love Is. Some  killin’ drum solos by Billy Hart. I really enjoyed the concert! If you have money, Birdland is a great place to spend it.

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July 12, 2009 at 8:18 pm

A free Peter Bernstein Trio concert in Greenwich Village

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Peter Bernstein trio

Peter Bernstein trio

How often does that happen that you go to a free Peter Bernstein trio concert, be almost the only one showing up, sit in the front row as close to the band as if having them playing in your living room? Yeah, that kind of happened yesterday as a part of the All Things Project Jazz Underground Series @ Neighborhood Church of Greenwich Village on Bleecker St – apparently nobody really knew about the event, because it wasn’t listed anywhere. Peter Bernstein on guitar, Doug Weiss on bass, Joe Strasser on drums. They played some standards and a couple of originals. Listening to Peter Bernstein that close is like having a really good jazz guitar lesson – he is just so clear in what he does and well founded in the craft.

Peter Bernstein

Peter Bernstein

I actually heard the same band the night before @ Bar Next Door (downstairs from La Lanterna, MacDougal St).
How spoiled can one get in New York? There don’t seem to be any limits to that here.

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July 11, 2009 at 10:10 am