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Fieldwork @ the Stone

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Fieldwork @ the Stone

Fieldwork @ the Stone

Steve Lehman (alto saxophone, compositions) Tyshawn Sorey (drums, compositions) Vijay Iyer (piano, compositions). Very interesting compositions. Lots of space, an incredible palette of sounds getting together, really varied use of registers and dynamics. Weird, how even most complicated and far out things sound so natural with this band. Tyhsawn Sorey is one-of-a-kind drummer, I’m really happy that I finally got to heat his playing.

But yeah, the HEAT was even more terrible than yesterday. I guess that didn’t help that it was a sold-out show… Was the trio’s first performance since last Fall, so I guess a lot of people were coming for the new stuff. They actually only played one new composition on the first set. Yeah, the music was great – definitely worth the $10 cover 😀 And I guess it was even worth suffering the HEAT. But I’m not going there anymore, until it cools down.

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August 20, 2009 at 2:38 am

Joe Albano's Meanderthals @ the Stone

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Joe Albano's Meanderthals @ the Stone

Joe Albano's Meanderthals @ the Stone

Joe Albano (woodwinds, compositions), Steve Ruel (saxophones), Aki Ishiguro (guitar), Nick Jozwiak (bass), Dave Cole (drums). Sounded loud, electric and adventurous, quite complicated modern stuff 😀 I guess one needs to have spent some time in New York to really enjoy it – I did, actually. A couple of months ago, maybe I wouldn’t have, though. Was very interesting. But, oh my God, THE HEAT… Now I want to go back to the Stone (lots of reasons for it this month – Tyshawn Sorey is curating it in August), but I’m really scared of the heat. Seems like they turn on their AC very reluctantly – but I suspect they actually do have one… Anyway, the heat was unreal.

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August 19, 2009 at 11:54 am

Joe Albano’s Meanderthals @ the Stone

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Joe Albano's Meanderthals @ the Stone

Joe Albano's Meanderthals @ the Stone

Joe Albano (woodwinds, compositions), Steve Ruel (saxophones), Aki Ishiguro (guitar), Nick Jozwiak (bass), Dave Cole (drums). Sounded loud, electric and adventurous, quite complicated modern stuff 😀 I guess one needs to have spent some time in New York to really enjoy it – I did, actually. A couple of months ago, maybe I wouldn’t have, though. Was very interesting. But, oh my God, THE HEAT… Now I want to go back to the Stone (lots of reasons for it this month – Tyshawn Sorey is curating it in August), but I’m really scared of the heat. Seems like they turn on their AC very reluctantly – but I suspect they actually do have one… Anyway, the heat was unreal.

Written by Ines

August 19, 2009 at 11:54 am

Wayne Krantz and Mark Guiliana duo @ the Stone

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Wayne Krantz and Mark Guiliana @ the Stone

Wayne Krantz and Mark Guiliana @ the Stone

Something special – Mark Guiliana and Wayne Krantz,  a sold out gig @ the Stone.  My first time ever to hear Wayne Krantz live. Now I know – to sit that close, one needs ear plugs – he rocks :). Really interesting and very rhythmic. I actually found it hard to follow in the beginning, but it got more clear later on. Wayne Krantz has a really unique sound. Yeah, and everybody was there 😀

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August 15, 2009 at 10:52 am

No Me’shell for me. Michael Rodriguez Quartet @ the Jazz Gallery

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Was so looking forward to hearing Me’shell Ndegeocello @ the Stone, haven’t been so excited about a concert in a while…

Guess who was disappointed

Guess who was disappointed

maybe I wanted it too much, that’s why it didn’t happen. Yeah. I’ll catch her some other time, I hope.

Michael Rodriguez Quartet @ Jazz Gallery

Michael Rodriguez Quartet @ Jazz Gallery

Walked to the Jazz Gallery instead – to hear Michael Rodriguez Quartet. Michael Rodriguez – trumpet, Mike Moreno – guitar, Joe Sanders – bass, Johnathan Blake – drums. Sounded really good, actually, the plan-B 😀

No Me'shell for me. Michael Rodriguez Quartet @ the Jazz Gallery

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Was so looking forward to hearing Me’shell Ndegeocello @ the Stone, haven’t been so excited about a concert in a while…

Guess who was disappointed

Guess who was disappointed

maybe I wanted it too much, that’s why it didn’t happen. Yeah. I’ll catch her some other time, I hope.

Michael Rodriguez Quartet @ Jazz Gallery

Michael Rodriguez Quartet @ Jazz Gallery

Walked to the Jazz Gallery instead – to hear Michael Rodriguez Quartet. Michael Rodriguez – trumpet, Mike Moreno – guitar, Joe Sanders – bass, Johnathan Blake – drums. Sounded really good, actually, the plan-B 😀

Nir Felder Quartet @ the Stone

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the Stone

the Stone

So I did hear Nir Felder’s music again – really incredible how different it sounds with another lineup: Aaron Goldberg on piano, Chris Lightcap on bass, Jim Black on drums, Nir Felder on guitar.  It was much more organic this time, didn’t find it too complicated at all. These guys have just endless flow of ideas, really enjoyable to listen. Nir Felder doesn’t waste any notes, everything is so well directed and makes a lot of sense – and on top of that has a really great versatile guitar sound. And I’ve been a fan of Aaron Goldberg ever since I got his album Worlds (has been in extremely heavy rotation lately). The concert was a real treat for a jazz fan. Almost a dream lineup for this kind of music, I figure, maybe would be cool to hear the same thing with Mark Guiliana on drums.

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July 9, 2009 at 4:03 pm

David Byrne @ Prospect Park and Jim Black @ the Stone

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Music in Prospect Park

Music in Prospect Park

Went to the free David Byrne concert @ Prospect Park, Brooklyn yesterday – as did so many other people. David Byrne seems to be really popular here, such crowds showed up. He is a New York hero, as I’ve understood, from Talking Heads times already.  Thanks to a good music-loving friend I even had a good seat for the concert. But once again, guess I’m not American enough  – couldn’t share the passion for the whole thing. It was nice to see a concert at Prospect Park though. A (new) friend of mine living in the neighborhood told me that these concerts used to be really small community events with some great rare music to be heard and that a stage this big was something he’d never seen there before. Park Slope is getting popular.

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Second part of the plan for the evening was to go to the Stone – a club in the East Village with John Zorn as its artistic director – it’s a venue for great experimental music. I’ve been wanting to go for weeks now, but this time Jim Black being in the band actually got me there. The club itself is quite invisible from the street – you could actually miss the place if you didn’t know where you’re going. No big signs. As Jazz Gallery, it doesn’t have a bar – just music. This time it was a 4-piece-band with two saxes, double bass and Jim Black on the drums. I think some of the music was a little bit too loose – it’s a bad thing when there is a lot of outside playing and a lot of notes anyway. It makes it hard to really go into the music.

After that it was to a dive bar (Joe’s Bar in the East Village) with couple of friends. So what exactly is a dive bar – their definition was speakeasy’s without the charm. I actually saw a cockroach there. That was pretty scary. Shouldn’t put my glasses on next time. Otherwise the place was great for just talking, really quiet for a bar. And maybe drinking if that happens to  be a serious business sometimes.

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June 9, 2009 at 12:26 pm