Friday, April 28, 2017
It seemed as though we did indeed get our play on, too. Although the set felt a bit short to me at 27 minutes or so, we got into some pretty cool soprano sax/drum set Free Jazz call and response action, with some pretty ripped arpeggio from CJ. It felt like I was able to keep pace with her fast pacing during that action, and managed to get some looser, more Bluesy licks in during the sax's quieter moments. These sax/drums duets were accompanied by two all-percussion pieces, which, to me, had the sound of John Cage's percussion stuff. Hopefully they approximated that complexity, too. I actually, off the cuff, dedicated the first one to Mr. Cage.
It was cool to play to a supportive, albeit small-ish, audience within the intimate space of the Luggage Store Gallery. As always, thanks to Outsound for getting us on to one of their bills.
Below: CJ sets up, drums, and another "moody" 6th @ Market shot
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Monday, April 24, 2017
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
My vocals on a cover of Nico's Julius Caesar (Memento Hodie) are not the greatest, but that's OK I guess. My last show with Jim Ryan before he left the Bay for D.C. He is missed.
I'd been looking forward to Cartoon Justice's set at the venerable Nebraska Mondays for a while. Mika, Kersti, Eli, and myself all manged to get there in time for a quick set up and a timely start. Our set consisted of four pieces, two of which we'd rehearsed: these were grooved, pattern based songs, inspired by Ornette's Harmelodics and Miles's Free Funk. I felt pretty comfortable on them, rockin' out at times but trying to mesh energy with dynamics. I guess that Mika's guitar got a bit overpowered, so maybe I still need to work on that. We did one shorter improvisation where I stuck to brushes and a mostly Blues feel; at times I felt lost, but Eli guided me back with his bass tones. We finished with a longer improv that featured the multi-talented Tony Passarell on some great soprano sax flights that intertwined with Kersti's alto in neat ways. It seemed as though Cartoon Justice got to our ideal sound, one that I've termed Shamanic Jazz. Sadly, no one recorded, so those now belong exclusively to the Akashic Record.
Below: drums and Pontecorvos
A few days back, Tony Passarell contacted me and asked if I'd be up for subbing for 4th World's drummer Martin Birke. Obviously, I took him up on the offer. It was great fun to try to fit in with this cool group's Ambient-flavored Improvised Music. I enjoyed locking in with bassist Paul Relvas as he got to know a really nice new fret-less bass. Also cool was guitarist Stephen Sullivan's textural playing. At times we achieved what I felt were some rad ECM-type sounds. Once, I looked over at Stephen's pedal board and it was at a setting called "Scuba Diver"! I found that funny! Diver down!!!
Along top of this rhythm section, Tony played cornet, soprano, percussion, and generally lead the band into various sound zones. Tony's talents are endless, and it was a real pleasure to share a stage with him.
All told, a fun night of musical activity in the always chill Luna's Cafe. Many thanks to those that stuck around and listened.
Below: live shots by Russ Tucker. Thanks, Russ!
Monday, April 10, 2017
The crazy homeless guy that helped us out on a version of The Shah Sleeps In Lee Harvey's Grave: priceless.
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Gary Piazza has this one up at his page, too, but I wanted up on mine.
Friday, April 7, 2017
Thursday, April 6, 2017
This was one of Matt's last gigs with Ovipositor. I feel that at that time, after several local shows and a short tour up to Bellingham WA and back, our sound had really gelled.
Surely the mutual affection for the late lamented Jason Batzer remains.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
After this set, Joe Lasqo had some really nice words for me.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
I recall this being a fun show. Jim and I spent several weeks rehearsing for it.
Jim now lives near Washington, D.C. with his wife Millie. He's playing regularly at Rhizome, along with leading a Gilles Deleuze discussion group there! Go Jim!
Monday, April 3, 2017
This was Cosmists first live show, Nov. 2012 at Studio One in Oakland CA.
The mood of the evening was incredibly manic as I recall. This seemed to have to do with the Presidential election that was mere days away. My, how things have changed.
Cosmists were a fun band for several years.
Thanks to Andrew Joron and CJ McCaslin for taking that ride with me.