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Live at Merkin Hall NYC 10/6/2005 at a Tribute to Steve Lacy
organized by Roswell Rudd

Gary Lucas—1926 National Steel bottleneck

arr. Lucas


Caetano Veloso & David Byrne Live At Carnegie Hall (Nonesuch)

Eric Church “Drink In My Hand” 

Steve Lacy Five: Blinks…Zurich Live 1983 (hatology)

Tyga “Rack City”

Vijay Iyer Trio Accelerando (ACT)

Skrillex “Bangarang” 

Johnathan Blake The Eleventh Hour (Sunnyside)

Janine Nichols & Semi Free First Ones (J9)

Loudon Wainwright III “Tip That Waitress” (Virgin) 

Luis Perdomo Universal Mind (RKM) 

Procol Harum Shine On Brightly (A&M)

Blue Cranes Observatories (BCM)

Thundercat Golden Age of the Apocalypse (Brainfeeder)

Esperanza Spalding Radio Music Society (Heads Up) 

Weather Report “Jungle Book” 

Two Bands, Two Boroughs, One Evening

Sometimes it takes some zig-zagging to see the music you want to see. I’m out of town for the next few days, but if I were around, tonight’s plan would include hitting Barbes for Tomas Fujiwara & the Hook Up at 8 pm and then F training it to the 6 train to catch the second set of Mike Formanek‘s latest quartet at the Jazz Standard. Both groups have new records.

The superb drummer is an advocate of nuance (check the brush work in the clip above with the Thirteenth Assembly group he’s part of). He recently defined an Ideal Bread gig with a profound sense of subtlety, easing the rhythms of Steve Lacy’s repeated patterns into place with feather after feather after feather. Actionspeak, Fujiwara’s new Hook Up disc, hits harder, but still keeps an ear out for the particulars of interplay and the powerful effects of delicacy.

Here’s how I put it in the Voice:

The drummer has named his latest band appropriately. Ensembles can go anywhere if the intra-group chemistry is cooking, and throughout the new Actionspeak, Fujiwara sounds like he’s got his mates on speed dial: they’re instantly there whenever he needs ’em, offering clusters of sound that span from squawky celebration to reflective prayer. That’s especially true with bassist Danton Boller, who emboldens every thrust the drummer makes and reminds listeners that connections are paramount on the jazz bandstand.

Those “mates” also include Mary Halvorson, Brian Settles, and Jonathan Finlayson.

Formanek’s new ECM disc is a dazzler as well, a program that essays both jittery maneuvers and sober reflections. Once again, the Voice blab. If you do wind up Wednesday night zig-zagging, hit me tomorrow with your thoughts on the shows.

10 Tiny Thoughts That Synapsed for a Sec During the Undead-a-Thon

Lots of sounds and images flashing by during the weekend. Think I’ll tweet-a-fy a few for expediency:

1. Has Tony Malaby been spending time with this baby right here?

2. Roswell Rudd sure knows how to bring that Adirondack charisma to the stage. “I’m making my coffee now!”

3. Steve Coleman‘s hang fly maneuvers have never given so much room to polyphony – thick sound as negative space.

4. Many humans want to be wherever Dave King is.

5. Tim Lefebvre has, like, four, six, maybe eight hands.

6. There’s lots of swing in Marc Cary‘s left hand, and lots of swing in his drummer’s foot.

7. Ari Hoenig deserves a special prize for wearing that Day of the Dead skull mask on such a hot night.

8. The shorter Big Bull ‘bonist knows how to get some house.

9. Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night stays Andrew D’Angelo from the completion of his appointed rounds.

10. I miss Steve Lacy.