Who went to the gig last night? I was outta town, but I’ve found Berkman-boosting to be a rewarding hobby during the last few years and pianist’s Smalls trio with Otis Brown and Johannes Weidenmuller seemed to be inspired. Maybe we can get David to send a three-sentence critique of his own show (is he up yet?).
You remember the praise Mr Ratliff s gave DB’s latest, right? Next week Berkman’s at Sophia’s.
THIS JUST IN:
A Review of My Trio Gig by David Berkman
“Well, modesty forbids me talking about my playing (although I can tell you that I was quite nattily dressed in a red and white striped seersucker shirt and a Navy Jacket with cannily hidden holes in it). I guess I could just quote things I overheard people say about me. “Ponderous yet rollicking,” murmured one salivating listener. “Naive yet disarmingly decadent,” agreed his companion. “Berkman’s version of “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” brought to mind a young Henny Youngman, if Henny Youngman had played the piano and not told so many jokes,” observed an older Jewish lady. Embarrassed by such elaborate praise, I made my way through the adoring throng and went home. I have to tell you, in all honesty, Mitch (the creator of small’s and it’s gatekeeper) told me that our version of “Giant Steps” was the best he’d ever heard. Take that, John Coltrane.
I can however talk more freely about the brilliance of Otis Brown III on drums. He is one of my favorite drummers to play with and he brings a great sense of swing and adventure to every musical situation he is in. Johannes Weidenmuller was also great – he has so much rhythmic knowledge and maturity and I always feel like he is taking care of the music, guiding the band and providing the anchor we need just when we need it. For me, this was probably the best trio gig we’ve played and I am looking forward to more. Thanks to those who came out and a pox on those who didn’t. (Not a really nasty pox though–something mild. I’m not a vindictive person.)”
I think we have a new franchise on our hands. Which performing artist volunteers to be next? I’ll think of a cutesy name and be back with it in a week or so.
I, Jukebox (post-Charlie Watts scare)
Rolling Stones, Live With Me
Rolling Stones, Memo From Turner
Rolling Stones, Let’s Spend the Night Together
Rolling Stones, Sway
Rolling Stones, Rip This Joint
Rolling Stones, All Sold Out