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Mark Guiliana's BEAT Music @ the Jazz Gallery

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Mark Guiliana's BEAT music, formerly known as Mark Guiliana's Thing

I like to see all Mark Guiliana’s gigs whenever I’m in town, so I had this one marked in my calendar quite a while ago. It got pretty crowded this time, maybe because it was also highlighted in Time Out NY and other such publications this time and I’m very sure that Mark’s fan base is growing fast, anyway. Mark Guiliana on drums, Jason Lindner on keyboards, Jason Fratticelli on bass, Mike Severson on guitar. The first set was seemingly more prepared and the second one more experimental, like it often is @ Rose (where I’ve heard Mark has play with this group quite a lot). The experimental direction requires a relaxed and unhurried atmosphere, I guess, for which is Rose is quite perfect, actually. Despite how cozy Jazz Gallery is, it feels a bit more official. There was definitely a need for ear plugs sitting in the 3rd row, which isn’t that common at the Jazz Gallery. Mike Severson really nailed some seemingly easy guitar parts, I think it’s not so common to make rock guitar actually sound that deep. Jason Fratticelli, who played electric and acoustic bass was really a pleasure to listen to, such a musical bass player, really went into the music. I thought that Jason Lindner wasn’t as inspired as the other couple of times when I’ve heard him with this project. Mark Guiliana added quite a lot of recorded speech and effects from the computer to the music (I wonder if it’s a trend for drummers, since recently I heard Kendrick Scott use Bruce Lee’s Be Water talk for one of his tunes). It crazy how good the coordination must be if he can just keep playing with the knobs and switches and keep up such groove while doing it. I’m still a huge fan of Mark Guiliana’s drumming, I don’t think anyone would be able to copy what he does, really.

Was nice to be back at the Jazz Gallery. They seem to have a new ticket policy – it’s $20 for non members (used to be $10-15). But it’s all for a good cause, definitely.

Written by Ines

August 7, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Mark Guiliana’s BEAT Music @ the Jazz Gallery

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Mark Guiliana's BEAT music, formerly known as Mark Guiliana's Thing

I like to see all Mark Guiliana’s gigs whenever I’m in town, so I had this one marked in my calendar quite a while ago. It got pretty crowded this time, maybe because it was also highlighted in Time Out NY and other such publications this time and I’m very sure that Mark’s fan base is growing fast, anyway. Mark Guiliana on drums, Jason Lindner on keyboards, Jason Fratticelli on bass, Mike Severson on guitar. The first set was seemingly more prepared and the second one more experimental, like it often is @ Rose (where I’ve heard Mark has play with this group quite a lot). The experimental direction requires a relaxed and unhurried atmosphere, I guess, for which is Rose is quite perfect, actually. Despite how cozy Jazz Gallery is, it feels a bit more official. There was definitely a need for ear plugs sitting in the 3rd row, which isn’t that common at the Jazz Gallery. Mike Severson really nailed some seemingly easy guitar parts, I think it’s not so common to make rock guitar actually sound that deep. Jason Fratticelli, who played electric and acoustic bass was really a pleasure to listen to, such a musical bass player, really went into the music. I thought that Jason Lindner wasn’t as inspired as the other couple of times when I’ve heard him with this project. Mark Guiliana added quite a lot of recorded speech and effects from the computer to the music (I wonder if it’s a trend for drummers, since recently I heard Kendrick Scott use Bruce Lee’s Be Water talk for one of his tunes). It crazy how good the coordination must be if he can just keep playing with the knobs and switches and keep up such groove while doing it. I’m still a huge fan of Mark Guiliana’s drumming, I don’t think anyone would be able to copy what he does, really.

Was nice to be back at the Jazz Gallery. They seem to have a new ticket policy – it’s $20 for non members (used to be $10-15). But it’s all for a good cause, definitely.

Written by Ines

August 7, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Saschal Vasandani's Who shot the messenger @ the Jazz Gallery

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Sachal Vasandani's project @ the Jazz Gallery

I don’t know how I even got there, really. Was supposed to meet a friend. And I did and it was cool. But I just didn’t like the music. No judgments, just wasn’t for me at all at that moment. Justin Brown on drums was really cool. Ben Williams on bass, the winner of this year’s Monk Competition didn’t impress me as much as I would have expected. Sachal himself wasn’t really singing so much, mostly just rocking along on the side (actually, the atmosphere of the concert was great, if I didn’t hear it it would have seemed like an awesome show). The girls were somewhat off key, too much for that kind of project, with written parts. The compositions and the concept seemed too simplistic for my image of the Jazz Gallery. Really don’t want to be mean here, but I don’t think I’m going to go hear any more jazz singers. Unless they’re Gretchen Parlato or something.

Anyway. The show was great, but I’m just a terrible snob. And, after all, it’s the Jazz Gallery. Must have high expectations for their stuff.

Saschal Vasandani’s Who shot the messenger @ the Jazz Gallery

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Sachal Vasandani's project @ the Jazz Gallery

I don’t know how I even got there, really. Was supposed to meet a friend. And I did and it was cool. But I just didn’t like the music. No judgments, just wasn’t for me at all at that moment. Justin Brown on drums was really cool. Ben Williams on bass, the winner of this year’s Monk Competition didn’t impress me as much as I would have expected. Sachal himself wasn’t really singing so much, mostly just rocking along on the side (actually, the atmosphere of the concert was great, if I didn’t hear it it would have seemed like an awesome show). The girls were somewhat off key, too much for that kind of project, with written parts. The compositions and the concept seemed too simplistic for my image of the Jazz Gallery. Really don’t want to be mean here, but I don’t think I’m going to go hear any more jazz singers. Unless they’re Gretchen Parlato or something.

Anyway. The show was great, but I’m just a terrible snob. And, after all, it’s the Jazz Gallery. Must have high expectations for their stuff.

Jazz Gallery Members' Holiday Party

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Vijay Iyer, Ravi Coltrane, Marcus Gilmore

Because Jazz Gallery is so cool! And they were having a holiday party. Lots of famous jazz musicians hanging out 😀 – was a little bit like a test of how many NY jazz musicians does one know by face. A members-only free event with food and wine (haha, ironically, me @ an open bar, again). And GREAT live music – Vijay Iyer on piano, Ravi Coltrane on tenor and Marcus Gilmore on drums. Very cool stuff. Savory postmodern deepness. The only thing that made it a bit tiring to listen were the low registers – since there was no bass, there was a lot of bass drum and piano down there and i found it a bit hard to listen out for. Otherwise, for some reason I really like bassless trios- opens up another kind of space. But I guess it’s a bit tricky with acoustic piano. Vijay Iyer is so cool though. Totally loved it.

Weird, lately everywhere I go I end up being close to kids or cats – and I’ve got mixed feelings about both of them, especially if i’m falling into all that postmodern deepness 😀 Yeah, so I was thinking what were all those kids doing at the Jazz Gallery, but it turned out they were all family. Cool. A real Christmas party 😀

Jazz Gallery Members’ Holiday Party

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Vijay Iyer, Ravi Coltrane, Marcus Gilmore

Because Jazz Gallery is so cool! And they were having a holiday party. Lots of famous jazz musicians hanging out 😀 – was a little bit like a test of how many NY jazz musicians does one know by face. A members-only free event with food and wine (haha, ironically, me @ an open bar, again). And GREAT live music – Vijay Iyer on piano, Ravi Coltrane on tenor and Marcus Gilmore on drums. Very cool stuff. Savory postmodern deepness. The only thing that made it a bit tiring to listen were the low registers – since there was no bass, there was a lot of bass drum and piano down there and i found it a bit hard to listen out for. Otherwise, for some reason I really like bassless trios- opens up another kind of space. But I guess it’s a bit tricky with acoustic piano. Vijay Iyer is so cool though. Totally loved it.

Weird, lately everywhere I go I end up being close to kids or cats – and I’ve got mixed feelings about both of them, especially if i’m falling into all that postmodern deepness 😀 Yeah, so I was thinking what were all those kids doing at the Jazz Gallery, but it turned out they were all family. Cool. A real Christmas party 😀

Orrin Evans Quintet featuring Jeff "Tain" Watts @ the Jazz Gallery

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😀 Jazz Gallery art

I just really wanted to hear Jeff “Tain” Watts… –  guess I wasn’t the only one – the 1st set was actually sold out! That doesn’t happen too often. So after a lot of waiting around (thank god i had company), got to hear the second set. Orrin Evans (piano), Ben Wolfe (bass), Steve Wilson (alto, soprano), Jeff “Tain” Watts (drums). And then there was that guy on tenor, who actually wasn’t listed to be in the group, played a lot of clichés!. Roy Hargrove sat in for the last tune – that was cool 😀

It was definitely great to hear Jeff “Tain” Watts, but to be honest, other than that I had really mixed feelings about the whole concert. I’ve heard Orrin Evans once as a sideman (with Sean Jones) and he was killing. But with his own group I thought the music wasn’t that great and some of the things seemed really random. Already how they started the evening by making people watch a DVD concert (filmed in an empty parking lot with Orrin Evans’s band playing the national anthem – what was up with that and ??)  felt kind of suspicious to me. So yeah, all things considered I was thinking I should maybe have gone to Cornelia St instead, to hear Ellery Eskelin with John Hebert, Mary Halvorson and Tyshawn Sorey. People just turn into such snobs in New York when it comes to jazz… 😀

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Written by Ines

November 22, 2009 at 4:43 pm