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vG Starry Night

vG Starry Night

Reede on see õige päev Museum of Modern Art jaoks, sest siis on see tasuta. Päris tore oli, ehkki paljud maalid, mis oleksid pidanud seal olema, olid vist kusagile mujale välja laenatud… Siiski. Mu lemmik sellest, mis ma nägin, oli vist Henri Matisse. Igatahes. Lahe muuseum. Pärast käisime sõbraga East kahekümnendadatel (Lexington Ave) piirkonnas, mis on täis india restorane. Sõime ühes eriti populaarses neist – pidi ukse taga järjekorras ootama, enne kui mõni laud vabanes. Aga hullult hea söök oli ka. Ja täitsa odav sealjuures ;).

Pärast ma avastasin koduteel ühe super laheda indie rock bändi. Aitab kah jazzist, vahelduseks peaks midagi muud tegema nüüd – New Yorgis on tegelikult ju nii palju muud head kraami ;). Peaks vist ikka ooperis ka ära käima siin varsti. Ja mõnes klubis ka 😉 Jee, disko.

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October 3, 2009 at 10:25 am

Lowry @ Spike Hill

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Lowry @ Spike Hill

Lowry @ Spike Hill

I guess living in Williamsburg has got to me – I’m really getting into indie rock here :D. Just discovered a great band passing by from Spike Hill on the way home – Lowry. They were so good. And the crowds loved them. Yeeah! I bought a CD and all. Actually I’m listening to the album now… It’s good, but my first impression is that this is again one of those bands that are most impressive when you hear them live. And there is a chance for it soon – they have October residency at Spike Hill on Fridays – Oct 16th and Oct 30th!

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October 3, 2009 at 1:20 am

Aki Nishiguchi trio @ Spike Hill

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Aki Nishiguchi trio with Uri Gurvich @ Spike Hill

Aki Nishiguchi trio with Uri Gurvich @ Spike Hill

Heard the midnight session @ Spike Hill again, on the way home after work. Spike Hill is actually a great music venue these days, I guess – could be even better if they actually paid the musicians. But audience was really attentive to the music this time except for some people sitting at the bar. They sounded great – Aki Nishiguchi (tenor), Pascal Niggenkemper (bass). Don’t know who played the drums… And Uri Gurvich (alto) sat in for a tune.

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September 22, 2009 at 9:51 am

Ian Rapien Group @ Spike Hill

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Ian Rapien @ Spike Hill

Ian Rapien Group @ Spike Hill

Monday night @ Spike Hill – heard almost whole set of Ian Rapien (tenor and compositions)  group with Aki Ishiguro on guitar, Nick Anderson on drums, didn’t recognize who was on bass and keys. Was really good! I’ve noticed that Monday nights at Spike Hill at least one of the bands is great – usually the one that plays some interesting original music and not standards. I liked Aki Ishiguro a lot, should go hear him play with his own group 😀

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September 8, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Matt Snow Group @ Spike Hill

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Matt Snow Group @ Spike Hill

Matt Snow Group @ Spike Hill

Great band @ Spike Hill yesterday, playing the midnight set – Matt Snow on bass, Ian Rapien on tenor, didn’t recognize the others…. It was really groovin’, people loved it.

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August 18, 2009 at 1:42 am

Monday Night Jazz @ Spike Hill: Snafu

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Snafu @ Spike Hill

Snafu @ Spike Hill

Walked by from Spike Hill (Bedford Av at N7th) yesterday and discovered they have a good Monday night jazz program there – the band playing at the moment was called Snafu. The arrangements and compositions were really enjoyable and the lineup sounded kind of fresh –  alto (Loren Stillman), trombone, solidbody electric guitar, a really grooving electric bass, drums. Heard so many great ideas there. The band leader was Tim Ziesmer, the guitar player and composer. You could hear him being a composer in his playing – ideas were so well thought out and cultivated with care.
But New York really seems to need more jazz audiences. So often people don’t  even find their way to all the free shows that are happening all over the city. And these musicians here really care about music and are actually a joy to be heard.
In Estonia, I think many musicians can get away with playing almost anything and still get some recognition. Weird, here so many people play just ridiculously good, go almost unnoticed and hardly make any money at all. Another funny thing is that these musicians here seem to be on a way less of an ego trip as well :D.

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June 30, 2009 at 1:05 pm