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First week @ New Languages Festival

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Brandon Ross Trio

Brandon Ross Trio

I actually went there all three days of the first week – Thursday to Saturday. Didn’t hear all the bands though. So yeah, most of what I heard was really out stuff. I guess that kind of music requires a lot of attention to get into. So it’s not really about relaxing after a day at work I guess :D. But that kind of festival is really special for the New York experimental scene I think. Anyway, I liked Bill McHenry Quintet with Andrew D’Angelo (a really unmistakable burning sax player), Duane Eubanks. There was supposed to be Ben Street playing, but he had a substitute for the night. And another band that was really interesting – Brandon Ross’s natural name trio. I heard they were initially invited to play @ Viljandi Guitar Festival in Estonia. I think this band wouldn’t have been the crowd pleaser there, though. Ben Gerstein’s the Gates with two drum sets (Dan Weiss and Tommy Crane), two keyboards (Jacob Sacks and Craig Taborn) and two basses  (Thomas Morgan and Eivind Opsvik) on Friday was also interesting. Never heard that kind of line-up.

Bill McHenry Quintet

Bill McHenry Quintet

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September 21, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Bill McHenry Quintet @ the Village Vanguard

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Last night I heard Bill McHenry Quintet at the Village Vanguard. It featured Duane Eubanks on trumpet, Andrew D’Angelo on alto, Ben Street on double bass and Paul Motian on drums, playing mostly Bill McHenry’s original compositions, which were all very much about exploring. Amazing rhythm section: Ben Street and Paul Motian – always interactive in the music, playful and swinging. My first time ever to hear Paul Motian live. He is certainly in a class of his own, has a kind of broad sound, I figured. Later on I discovered he doesn’t like to take pictures with fans. Funny, it was my first time ever to ask someone – and got turned down immediately. Will probably never ask again… Yeah… I’ve always thought taking pictures with famous musicians is kind of stupid anyway 🙂

NY Subway is full of music

NY Subway is full of music (and rats)

My favorite part of the concert were the deep and poetic minimalist moments in one or two of the compositions, with three voices (tenor, alto, trumpet) moving round each other with great taste and style. Otherwise the concert was mostly quite a lot of fun, exploring,  outside playing and crazy moments  (with the alto player Andrew D’Angelo definitely being the really passionate one in the band) – having no harmony instrument around certainly gives a lot of space for going somewhere.  Ben Street was great, my first time to hear him live – amazing bass player.

Later on, on the way home,  I was walking down the street and heard music coming from… inside the street. Someone was playing “My Favorite Things” down there (in the subway).

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June 11, 2009 at 11:48 am

Sunday @ the Village Vanguard – Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos

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Guillermo Klein y Los Gauchos

Guillermo Klein y Los Gauchos

Haven’t been feeling like going out in the last couple of days – but Sunday night I decided to use the last chance to hear Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos at the Vanguard. The band put together was quite impressive – besides Guillermo Klein (piano, vocals) there was Miguel Zenon  on alto sax and flute, Jeff Ballard on drums, Bill McHenry on tenor sax, Chris Cheek on baritone sax, Ben Monder on guitar, Richard Nant on percussion and trumpet, Diego Urcola on trumpet and valve trombone, Taylor Haskins trumpet, Sandro Tomasi on trombone. Everybody in the audience seemed to like Miguel Zenon on alto sax a lot, when he got to play some fiery solos on the tunes. The arrangements were very enjoyable, nice voicings and  interesting music, rhythmically. Some parts could have been performed with more fire though, I was thinking. Guillermo Klein has a really nice timbre when singing.

Finally heard Ben Monder on guitar, mostly just playing written parts though.

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June 8, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Tööotsingud ja esimene jam

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Bryant Park

Bryant Park

Praegu olen jälle Bryant Park’is, siin on tasuta WIFI. Muru lõhnab  ja purskkaev vuliseb – ma olen looduses 😀 Täna otsisin päev otsa tööd (minu internship kahjuks raha sisse ei too…) ja jätsin terve hunniku CV-sid igasugustesse baaridesse ja kohvikutesse. Lõpuks ma midagi isegi leidsin, eks näis. Nüüd kui alles on ainult loetud dollarid, paistab elu hoopis teistes värvides – kui ma McDonaldsisse 1-dollarist soft ice‘i ostma läksin, mõtlesin, kas ma pmst suudaks seal töötada… Oeh. Ma üritan esialgu McDonalds’i peale veel mitte välja minna, ma ei oskaks nagunii seal neid sente –dimes, quarters, nickels jne lugeda… Muide, alguses ma otsisin tööd reaalselt enda CV-ga, aga siis ma sain aru, et ma lihtsalt pean sinna midagi juurde luuletama – nüüd uue versiooniga on hoopis lõbusam tööd otsida. Ma olen hakanud nüüd ise ka juba uskuma, et olen kohvikus töötanud :D. Jama on see, et Social Security Number’i saab alles juunis, ma ei teadnud, et see  J1 viisa juures nii on, see selgus alles SS Office’is – halb üllatus. Mitmetes kohtades jäigi tegelikult asi selle taha pidama.

Andy Arnold

Andy Arnold

Tutvusin pühapäeval Rose’is ühe kitarristiga – Andy. Eile käisin temaga jammimas. Väga tore oli, mängisime standardeid. Ta on sakslane, elanud enne seda Amsterdamis ja nüüd viimased paar aastat siin (Brooklynis). Oli inspireeriv mängida ja suhelda 🙂 Ta on kusjuures Paul Bollenbacki õpilane, väga hästi mängib. Tore kuulda kellegi kogemusi, kes on siin juba aastaid elanud, võimalusi otsinud ja leidnud ka.

Märkan, et NYs on paljudel mingid väiksed sülekoerad (tuleb meelde, kuidas väike vend ütles paariaastasena väikeste koerte kohta “koeraniru” – päris tabav termin just selliste kohta). Üldse siin on koeri palju. Muidugi on siis olemas ka koerajalutajad, võib leida päris palju kuulutusi a la:  Professional dog-walker. Ükspäev ma leidsin craigslistist kuulutuse, et tüüp maksab tunnitasu sellele, kes teda trenni tegema meelitaks. Helistasin, aga ta kadus ära kuhugi. Vist ei viitsi ikka trenni teha.

Umbes sellised kaabud

Umbes sellised kaabud

Paljud mehed kannavad väikseid kaabusid.  Aga üldiselt…  on paljud ameerika mehed väga naiste moodi – parajad latataarad ja klatšimoorid, mingi relationship issues arutamine käib kohvitassi taga. Selline mulje on jäänud lihtsalt. Kindlasti mitte kõik pole sellised muidugi, aga kipub veitsa sinnapoole.

Esimest korda pesin pesu – laundromat’is. Viisin kõik oma riided korraga pessu – nii palju mul neid siis ongi. Pole veel uusi riideid ostnud ka, hetkel ei ole raha, kuigi päris ägedaid poode on siin tõesti.

Bill McHenry band

Bill McHenry quartet @ Tea Lounge

Eile käisin Park Slope’is (Brooklynis, super lahe linnaosa minu meelest, tahaks seal ka kunagi elada!)  kuulamas Bill McHenry (saksofon) bändi, Duane Eubanks mängis trompetit, Kim Cass bassil ja Dan Rieser trummidel. Ilus poeetiline swingiv musa oli, ilma piletita kontsert jälle. Bill McHenry mängis muide pühapäeval Brad Shepikuga, sealt ma teda tunnengi, selgus, et  meil on ühine vaimustus – Kenny Dorham. Ta soovitas mulle mitmeid plaate. Väga hariv oli temaga muusikast rääkida, ta tunneb asja!

Täna ei lähe vist kontserdile, hoian raha kokku. Kuigi.. Peter Bernstein mängib ühes kohas, teises kohas Tom Harrell ja Eric Alexander. Ma ei tea, võibolla peaks ikka minema. Mul hakkab selline meeleolu tekkima, et aega küllalt, nad mängivad siin nagunii kogu aeg.

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May 23, 2009 at 12:48 am

Brad Shepik Trio @ Rose, Williamsburg

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Grand St

Grand St

No need to go the expensive jazz clubs in the city, really – I found a great live music venue –  the Rose – on Grand St, Williamsburg,  just a couple of blocks from where I live. No cover charge! Considering that and what was going on yesterday, there should have been a bigger crowd, really. But most of the people present were other musicians. That’s how it tends to be with these things.

First set was NYU World Music Ensemble, I was a little late for it, but heard a tune by Dave Douglas, Brad Shepik and some world-music-based compositions. There was a really good female trumpeter called Jackie Coleman. The whole band played really good actually. The second set was Brad Shepik Trio –

Brad Shepik trio @ Rose

Brad Shepik trio @ Rose

guitar (Brad Shepik), saxophone (Bill McHenry) and drums – might very well have been the best drummer  I’ve ever heard – Mark Guiliana. Very very musical! The trio actually had their first gig together, so I suspect the people present witnessed the birth of something great. Not only was the music (by Brad Shepik) exceptional but this was some incredibly beautiful trio playing. Perfect fresh and open sound (without a double bass)  lots of very enjoyable exploring, interplay, very nice counterpoint between sax and and guitar and so very inspired drumming! This was probably my favorite concert in NY so far… Really something! It’s weird that I had to walk just a couple of minutes to the place and pay no cover this time. Which is good, because I’m really running out of money soon.

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May 18, 2009 at 5:13 pm