Posts Tagged ‘Bar Next Door’
We got there just in time for the second set, and the place was packed. So we were recommended by the staff to have a seat in the other room, from where you could actually hear pretty well, without paying the cover. It turned out to be quite a clever idea. I like Bar Next Door, they generally have very good service and great booking so it’s always a pleasure to go see (or only hear) music there. I could also recommend their walnut pie :D.
Mike Moreno on guitar, Joe Martin on bass, Kendrick Scott on drums. They played Herbie Hancock’s I Have A Dream, Joe Zawinul’s In a Silent Way, Joe Henderson’s Isotope, Billy Strayhorn’s Lush Life and Sam Rivers’ Cyclic Episode, a tune that seems to be growing really popular in NYC recently. I think Mike Moreno now has a more a fluid and legato sound with the Marchione guitar. And Mike is at the moment one of my favorite guitar players, anyway. I was happy to hear this particular trio lineup, Kendrick Scott and Joe Martin sounded great as well.
With Justin Brown on drums and Matt Penman on bass. They played standards such as Good Bait, How Deep Is the Ocean, Countdown, We’ll Be Together Again and one of Gilad’s originals. I liked the show actually, especially Justin Brown’s energy in it. Otherwise, there is something rhythmically complicated in what Gilad does, which is still confusing to me. Ari Hoenig demonstrates these things in his book – “Intro to polyrhythms, contracting and expanding time within the form”. As a listener I sometimes I feel it breaks the flow of rhythm for me even though as a concept I’m sure this is one of the most fascinating “new” things out there, which definitely should interest a lot of musicians.
So many great choices for shows featuring killing guitar players – there was the Peter Lynch/Ray Appleton’s Wes Montgomery project @ Creole, John Abercrombie @ 86th St Barnes & Noble, Ben Monder trio @ Bar Next Door, Davy Mooney @ Bar Next Door, Mike Moreno Group @ the Jazz Gallery, Jim Hall @ Birdland, Dave Allen trio with Drew Gress, Tom Rainey, Eivind Opsvik @ Nublu… I ended up listening to Ben Monder’s 1st set @ Bar Next Door (had trouble finding a seat though, it was packed – and I was told unless I was Ben Monder’s wife or something I couldn’t be comped in there :D) and Mike Moreno who had a really good band @ the Jazz Gallery – Taylor Eigsti on piano, Matt Clohesy on bass, Adam Cruz on drums, Peter Schlamb on vibraphone. The second set was just amazing!
First it was Rockwood for the happy hour band of Melanie Penn, the singer-songwriter. Seemed to be really popular, Rockwood was packed. I met a fellow Estonian Hanna-Liina Võsa there, so we went on for some Friday night gig hopping :) Next in plan was Dave Allen Trio @ Bar Next Door with Aidan Carroll on bass and Jared Schonig on drums (who was subbing for someone, did a great job sight reading there). Bass and drums were really loud and stole most of the attention – and I enjoyed it, they were killin. Bar Next Door was quite empty, I never got such a good seat there yet. Apparently the 1st and 4th sets are 50% off the cover charge which makes it $6. And the drink minimum – the season for beer is over, now is time for tea.
And vodka. Next stop was Webster Hall @ the East Village, more like a DJ venue there, besides an open vodka bar it featured a cool live music event with beatboxer Pete List and harp guitarist Rob Mastrianni. Sounded great!
We as Estonians both drank 5 vodka cocktails in a fraction of a second and felt great :D Open bars are so much fun :)
And then the final destination, Coco 66 in Greenpoint to hear Aki Ishiguro Group with Alex Terrier on alto, Sean Wayland on keys, Pascal Niggenkemper on bass and Nick Anderson on drums. For some weird reason the place was double booked so they actually played next door, it seemed to be 68 Greenpoint Ave not 66. But the band was great :D Some killin jazz playing :D And I got home with just one long train ride, the G train :) Was very gradual.
Eile käisin läbi MacDougal St. koht nimega Bar Next Door, kus mändivad alati triod – seekord Lage Lundi trio, kavas standardeid. Mulle hullult meeldib kui keegi kütab hästi standardeid (kuigi enamus inimesi, eriti muusikud, on tavaliselt standarditest väsinud). Kuulsin väga häid versioone “All the Things You Are”‘ist (LL väitis tegelikult küll, et see lugu räägib temast :D, yeah right, minust hoopis! ) ja “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You”-st. Kahjuks jäin esimesele setile veitsa hiljaks ja teiseks setiks ($10 + jook) polnud raha jääda, seee algas nagunii nii hilja – 1:30AM. Aga varsti jälle, Lage Lund mängib siin ka pidevalt. 2 teise kitarristiga sain seal tuttavaks (arvatavasti koosneski publik kitarristidest), ühe käest sain väga huvitava plaadi.
Ja ma sain proovida hostessi ja ettekandja ametit keset Greenwich Village’it. Pean tunnistama, et olen loomulik talent (inimesed ütlesid) ja mulle jubedalt meeldib! Kes tuttavatest kujutaks mind ette restorani ukse ees möödakäijaid püüdmas ja sööma ja jooma meelitamas? Aga inimesed ei uskunud, et see on minu esimene päev. Kõige toredam on see, et mulle nii meeldis – lihtsalt kõikidele naeratada, öeldes “Hello, How are you today. Would you like some brunch/dinner/ margaritas/mojitos/sex on the beach/ apple-tinis…$5 special”. See on ju iseeenesest nii arbsurdne tegevus ja midagi nii uut, et ma sain täieliku elamuse – 7 tundi järjest. Naeratamine on nimelt nakkav – kõik inimesed naeratasid vastu ja ma sain päev otsa head tuju nautida. Aga väsitav siiski, füüsiliselt.
Praegu olen ühes jaapani kohvikus (üks mu lemmikuid, 20 sekundit kodust), joon valget veini ja söön vesikressi salatit. Ausalt ka, siin Charlie Parkeri ja Dizzy musa mängib praegu taustaks.