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Monk in Motion: Matt Brewer @ Tribeca Performing Arts Center

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Aaron Parks, Matt Brewer, Tommy Crane, Ila Cantor, Steve Cardenas

Monk in Motion: The Next Face of Jazz series presents Matt Brewer @ Tribeca Performing Arts Center. With Aaron Parks (piano), Ila Cantor (guitar), Steve Cardenas (guitar), Tommy Crane (drums). What really drew me there was Aaron Parks on piano – just haven’t noticed him around in the city so much recently, so that was a cool find. He played actually really simply, but everything was just so right. Really like how he sounds. And the music, mostly by Matt Brewer, was good too. No fancy stuff, but because the band shared a common understanding of space, the outcome was very musical, in an elegant but casual way. And Tommy Crane was amazing. Played a really minimal set but so effectively :D. I really enjoyed it, was worth going out there, even being a bit sick, as I am now (so very compulsive of me, to even go). So yeah, I’ve heard all of those Monk Competition finalists this year and my favorite one was definitely Matt Brewer. Tribeca Performing Arts Center has great sound for that kind of things. And I was comped in. With an extra ticket. Someone should have joined me for this one. 😀

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.

Matthew Stevens Quintet @ Solo Kitchen Bar

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Matt Stevens 5 @ Solo Kitchen Bar

Matthew Stevens (the guitar player on Christian Scott’s albums Rewind That and Anthem) with Logan Richardson on alto, John Escreet on piano, Eric Doob on drums and Joe Sanders (the First Runner Up in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition 2009 ) on acoustic bass @ Solo Kitchen Bar. I heard the second set. Didn’t really like the gig so much. Mostly because of the compositions I guess, sounded kind of obscure to me. Even though I like the stuff on his myspace so much more, with the effects and all the good lines and grooves. At Solo, it sounded kind of naked to me.  But there was a really cool moment of interaction between alto and bass and later piano. But yeah. Also, the piano wasn’t loud enough where i was sitting. But Solo Kitchen Bar is still such a great hang! Definitely one of the best places for jazz on any Sunday night in New York 😀