Posts Tagged ‘Brad Shepik’
Brad Shepik (guitar), Tom Beckham (vibraphone), Jorge Roeder (bass), Mark Guiliana (drums) playing Brad Shepik’s latest compositions. Never seen that place this packed. I loved Brad Shepik’s new music, and the band was great – liked the bass player a lot, very melodic. Was good to get another dose of Mark Guiliana’s drumming 😀
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.
Couldn’t make up my mind about what I should hear last night so I tried to have it all – first went all the way down to Flatbush, Brooklyn to Solo Kitchen Bar to hear Brad Shepik’s trio. This time it was Adam Niewood on sax and Mark Guiliana on drums. Just can’t get enough of Mark Guiliana’s drumming! Almost can’t believe my ears at times, all this great music coming from just one guy playing the drums… I really recommend everybody to check him out, who hasn’t already. Don’t know much about drumming but never heard anyone play like that. How come I never really even noticed the drummers so much before coming here anyway? And here I end up mainly listening to the drummers.
The second stop was intended to be 55 Bar. In some mysterious way the subway followed a really weird route back to Manhattan – I was supposedly on a 2 train Bronx express, but it stopped at really wrong places according to the map and I ended up at an unexpected station and walked to 55 Bar. So I actually only heard the last tune of Mike Moreno’s Quartet – it was a good one :). Liked the sound a lot, actually there was Tim Collins on vibraphone – really would have wanted to hear some New York vibes playing. Next time then, I guess. We hanged around for a couple of beers at a bar next door, Kettle, with Mike Moreno, Kristjan Randalu, Tim Collins and later on a Canadian double bass player girl. Really had a good time with them.
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 –
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.