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recent jazz {Jan 2010}

3rd Feb 10 (Wed) Leave a comment

So, I usually don’t do album reviews, but I get tons of music (some comp’ed and some purchased); so I figured I’d do little snippet reviews once a month or so… here are some recent jazz CDs I got recently.  All of them were pretty darn fabulous…

Mostly Other People Do the KillingForty Fort (Jan 2010) So, I’m a fan of composer Moppa Elliott and trumpet player Peter Evans.  Peter’s solo show in Eugene a couple of years ago was an avant-garde delight.  MOPDTK is a little more straight forward than Peter’s solo stuff.  It’s a fun jazz group… very similar in feel and youthful, party jazz energy as Reptet (up in Seattle).  This is their second album that I’ve heard but their fourth released.  My favorite tracks are “Nanticoke Coke” and the title track “Forty Fort.”  I’m looking forward to more from this killer band ensemble.
http://www.myspace.com/mostlyotherpeopledothekilling

Big Crazy Energy New York BandInspirations (Feb 2010) Led by trombonist Jens Wendelboe, BCENYB’s latest record is a delight.  The big band lead-off track, “Pleasant Pheasant,” is my favorite.  There are a few slower tunes on the record, and even a vocal song or two (of which I’m only “so so” on).  It ends strong with a big band instrumental version of the Beatles classic “A Day in the Life.”  This record is only available on CD Baby, from what I can tell.  Support indie music!
http://www.myspace.com/jenswendelboe

Charles Evans & Neil ShahLive at Saint Stephens (Dec 2009) Slow and meandering in spots with nice piano, this live recording from baritone saxophonist Charles Evans and pianist Neil Shah touches on the minimalist and sublime.  It’s a primarily improvisational and free-jazz in nature.  I think it gets a little tedious in parts (too long of movements that I felt didn’t go anywhere), but that’s sort of the nature of the beast with improvisational free-jazz.  Charles & Neil end of very strong with “What Worked, What Didn’t, What Wouldn’t, What Would’ve.”
http://www.myspace.com/charlesevansneilshahduo

Jon Lundbom & Big Five ChordAccomplish Jazz (Dec 2009) Moppa Elliott (from the aforementioned Mostly Other People Do the Killing CD) is also involved in this album… via playing bass.  Jon Lundbom is a jazz guitarist, and his pieces definitely gear towards that instrument.  A meandering piece and a more classical-influenced piece split up the album.  My favorite tunes were “The Christian Life” and the more energetic “Baluba, Baluba.”
http://www.jonlundbom.com/

Prana TrioThe Singing Image of Fire (Jan 2010) World music meets jazz… I dug the instrumental pieces moreso than the ones with vocals (that’s the nature of what I’m liking as of the past few years).  It features classic poetry from ancient Persia, India, and China – and I’m sure it’ll grow on me fairly well.  The music is very fit well with the poetry, very colorful and nuanced.
http://www.brianadler.com/prana.htm

Next up will be the January 2010 Tzadik & Franck Smith/Zn’shñ releases – which I just got and need to find some time to digest (soon)…

~Dan – np: John Zorn/Mike Patton/Ikue MoriHemophiliac

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REVIEW: Peter Evans & Dave Swigart @ Cozmic Pizza (Eugene, OR – – 2/4/08)

8th Feb 08 (Fri) 2 comments

Randomingly spotting of a picture of a guy with a trumpet in Eugene Weekly led to quite an enjoyable evening of music. I imagine I’ll be seeing a lot of artists at Cozmic Pizza over the coming years while I’m here in Eugene. I love the beer, pizza, and desserts. And they bring in some great musical talent, and quite frequently get good jazz artists in the door as well. Monday’s show was no different… pizza, beer and jazz.

Opener: Dave Swigart Collective / Quintet / Group / Whathaveyou put on a great set. Dave Swigart is a UO music student, and his ensemble, while young, has some great chops. The quintet (I didn’t write names down) was comprised of Dave Swigart on trumpet, and then a saxophonist, guitarist, upright bassist, and drummer. Dave’s got some MySpace profiles up (hereand here), and I hope to check him out again soon.

The group played for about an hour, playing some standards and originals: “In a Silent Way” (Miles Davis/Joe Zawinul), “The Fragile” (NIN), “Salad Song” (with some nice Zorn-y sax work), “Strange Day,” “Johnsburg, Illinois” (Tom Waits), “Grocery Shop, Funky? A Little?” (smooth), and “Dream Comes Play With Me” (Cuong Vu).

Peter Evans (MySpaceand hereand also here) came on around 10:20pm. I stayed until about 11pm… as he blasted his solo trumpet improv. Being a fan of the downtown (NYC) jazz scene, his experimental solo trumpet was right up my alley. It was a little loud at times (I was too close to a speaker), but luckily I had my Hearos. He played one continuous onslaught that can best be described as this:

extreme improvisational breathing exercise, bleating grinding, potential classic guide to strategy volume four, old-timey record player, screeching painful gristle, atari missile command, wind tunnel, a jungle after chili night, valve open waterfall, rainstorm, sloppy grandma kisses, divingboard installer, wackamole with creaky pipes, motorcycle reving with an enigamtic invisible echoplex, twenty-five minutes in this surprisingly sounds like a trumpet, muzzled creepy, muted, like comparing apples to brake fluid adventure…

Great show all around… I wish I could have stayed longer, alas it was a school night…

~Dan – np: David BuchbinderOdessa/Havana

the guy with the shirt, the other guy with the pipe, and the guy with the hat walk into a bar

24th Jan 08 (Thu) Leave a comment

Three blogs within 24 hours… oy, not a good sign.

Anyway, I’m exicted about two more shows coming up (I love living in a cool college town)…

NYC trumpeter Peter Evans is playing at Cozmic Pizza on Monday, Feb 4th. He’s adventurous, he’s played with John Zorn in the past (yay), and his band projects (Mostly Other People Do the Killing and Spärks) sound cool, too.

http://www.myspace.com/peterevanstrumpet
http://www.myspace.com/mostlyotherpeopledothekilling
http://www.myspace.com/nycsparks

And then… That1Guy and Buckethead on the same bill (Eugene’s McDonald Theatre on Saturday, March 22nd). Cool. It’s the Saturday after finals… and my wife says she’s up for the challenge (she likes That1Guy enough, but has only really been “confronted” by Buckethead’s calmer stuff… as it’s good for massages and our weddings CDs, but not what he really does “in concert,” per se). :-)

http://www.myspace.com/that1guy
http://www.myspace.com/bucketheadfann
http://www.myspace.com/bucketheadnfriends

~Dan

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