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Donny McCaslin Group @ the 55 Bar

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Sunday night @ the 55 Bar

W/ Adam Cruz (drums), Joe Sanders (bass) and Ben Monder (guitar). Lot of people, I came for the second set and couldn’t even find a seat at first. Was a great gig 😀 Really enjoyed listening to Ben Monder again…  I guess it was the last New York jazz concert for me this year, though, because I’ll be out of town for a while. Really don’t know when I’ll be back.

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December 29, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Ben Monder with Chris Lightcap & Ted Poor @ Korzo Konceptions

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Chris Lightcap, Ted Poor, Ben Monder @ Korzo

Well that was something ridiculous, just unbelievable! Ben Monder on guitar, Chris Lightcap – bass, Ted Poor- drums. My New York jazz experience would have been much less without it… They had this totally scary control over the instruments, dynamics, sound and rhythm, and this magical alchemical togetherness as a trio, I was totally tripping into another dimension listening to them. They did Long Ago And Far Away, I’ll Remember April, a Cream song, some Jimmy Webb tunes – but to me it all sounded like Ben Monder’s music. Yeah, amazing what worlds a “jazz guitar” trio can conjure up. Never realized how good Chris Lightcap and Ted Poor were before yesterday. Korzo on Tuesdays is just great! I’m glad I heard this one.

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December 23, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Jeremy Udden's Ethiopian Groove Project @ Le Grand Dakar

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Jeremy Udden @ Le Grand Dakar

Was supposed to be with Mike Baggetta on guitar and Jorge Roeder on bass, but it was actually Dave Ambrosio (bass), Richie Barshay (drums), Pete Cancura (sax), Jeremy Udden (sax) and no guitar. But the music was pretty cool, Ethiopian groove :D. Jeremy Udden has a nice sound. Interesting restaurant in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, that one, they quite often have some great bands playing over there. I found out that the guy who books it is also the head chef. Well, the food and the booking is just delicious. But they could make it a little cozier for winter time, the room was a bit cold. To me the space feels like it might be a lovely place to hang in spring.

Jeremy Udden’s Ethiopian Groove Project @ Le Grand Dakar

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Jeremy Udden @ Le Grand Dakar

Was supposed to be with Mike Baggetta on guitar and Jorge Roeder on bass, but it was actually Dave Ambrosio (bass), Richie Barshay (drums), Pete Cancura (sax), Jeremy Udden (sax) and no guitar. But the music was pretty cool, Ethiopian groove :D. Jeremy Udden has a nice sound. Interesting restaurant in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, that one, they quite often have some great bands playing over there. I found out that the guy who books it is also the head chef. Well, the food and the booking is just delicious. But they could make it a little cozier for winter time, the room was a bit cold. To me the space feels like it might be a lovely place to hang in spring.

Mingus Big Band @ Jazz Standard & the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra revisited

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Mingus Big Band @ Jazz Standard

Went to hear the Mingus Big Band @ Jazz Standard, finally :D. I’ve been curious about that one for a while. It was surprisingly packed over there, seems like Jazz Standard is doing great business. And they deserve it too – in my opinion they have one of the best bookings in the city, really great food, great service, nice atmosphere, very professional attitude, quite reasonable prices (with student discounts), none of that aggressive minimums policy. Which really makes it in many ways the best jazz club in NY. But I was a little disappointed with the actual big band. I enjoyed only a couple of the tunes. I thought quite a lot of it was actually disturbingly out of tune. And for some reason didn’t like the piano player, I thought he was showing some bad taste with all those elevator music clichés and not so classy christmas carols quotes.  So I wasn’t as much into the whole thing. Boris Kozlov sounded great, though. And the lineup in general seemed pretty amazing: Scott Robinson, Donny McCaslin – tenor saxophone, Jaleel Shaw, Craig Handy – alto saxophone, flute,  Lauren Sevian – baritone saxophone, Andy Hunter, Dave Taylor, Marshall Gilkes – trombones Kenny Rampton, Alex Sipiagin, Earl Gardner – trumpets, David Kikoski – piano, Boris Kozlov – bass, Jeff “Tain” Watts – drums.

Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

But yeah. I think as a big band they were also lacking a little with the dynamics and energy. So later on I went to hear the second set of the Vanguard for a fresh comparison between the two. I must say the Vanguard Orchestra sounded way better to me. They weren’t perfect either, though :D. The Vanguard was really packed as well, even the second set. Seems like the holiday season is favorable for big band music. Speaking of that, I really wish I could have heard Joe Henderson’s Big Band live. I don’t think I would have had anything critical to say about them! 😀

Discovered an inspiring quote by Charles Mingus on Jazz Standard’s website:

“Most people are forced to do things they don’t want to for most of the time, and so they get to the point where they feel they no longer have any choices about anything important, including who they are. We create our own slavery. But I’m going to keep on getting through, and finding out the kind of man I am,

Edmar Casteneda & Ari Hoenig @ Smalls

through my music. That’s the one place I can be free.” (Charles Mingus [1922–1979], from a conversation with Nat Hentoff)

And then finally, saw Ari Hoenig @ Smalls with this interesting Columbian harp player Edmar Casteneda. Never heard seen or heard that kind of harp before, cool 😀

Taylor Haskins & Recombination / John Escreet Project double bill @ Drom

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John Escreet with Dave Binney, Joe Sanders and Nasheet Waits

A Search & Restore event with two really exciting bands! On that snowy Sunday night. I was very glad I made it out there.

First, John Escreet featuring Dave Binney on alto sax, Nasheet Waits on drums and Joe Sanders on bass. I was quite late for it, but what i heard was just incredibly good! Can’t get enough of Nasheet Waits! They were all really killing, totally love that band.

And then – Taylor Haskins & Recombination featuring Ben Monder on guitar, Henry Hey on keys, Todd Sickafoose on bass and Nate Smith on drums and a special guest appearance by Samuel Torres. Great music with a really hot hot luscious groove, I loved it.

Pidu Bay Ridge'is ja "suur lumetorm"

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Christmas hotpot

Pärast Eesti Maja oli veel üks huvitav õhtusöök/pidu Brooklynis Bay Ridge’is – tuli sõita R rongiga kõige alla, viimasesse peatusesse. Selgus, et tegelikult pakuti häid sööke ja jooke sel õhtul hoopis seal. Eesti Maja külalislahkus jäi sellele päris piinlikult alla… Ma sain esimest korda teada, mis on aasiapärane hotpot – keevas vees keedetakse igasuguseid huvitavaid molluskeid, kala ja jänesekapsa moodi maitsevat rohelist kraami. Ja magustoiduks pirukas ja mingid huvitavad armsad oakoogid. Väga tore oli.

Sel õhtul tekitas aga New Yorgis suurt furoori nn lumetorm. Tegelikult, lund sadas tõesti lõpuks alla päris korralik ports, aga tõeline paanika tuli minu arvates sellest, et inimesed ei ole lihtsalt lumega üldse harjunud – nende arust tuleb siis koju jääda, kui õues lumi maas on. Ja imelik, nii suur linn, aga lumesahku polnud kusagil näga, ainult paar inimest mingi väikse lumelükkajaga, peaaegu et käsitsi. Kõige hirmuäratavam oli aga autosõit. Tulime nimelt toakaaslase autoga sealt Bay

Blizzard @ Bay Ridge

Ridge’ist tagasi ja see sõit jääb mulle vist küll kauaks ajaks meelde. Täiesti hale on ikka õigete kummide ja piduriteta ja mis põhiline, kogemusteta libeda peal olla… Vinge ellujääja-tunne oli siis lõpuks auto maja ette lumehange parkida 😀

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December 21, 2009 at 12:53 pm