• Free Music Ensemble at Aurora (Warsaw)

    Ott 13 2006, 10:30 di Dr_A

    Do you ever get the feeling that the concert you're going to will be great no matter what? I did this time. And as Ken Vandermark, Paal Nilssen-Love and Nate McBride were performing together on one stage, this feeling was bound to become reality.

    The place was rather crappy, reminding me of my basement and not much larger either. Of course it was packed with people so my back hurts even now. Fortunately the sound was pretty good and as soon as the music started I could forget all the inconveniences. The trio played two sets, each about 40 minutes long and gave two encores comprising together in almost 2 hours of music.

    The interplay between these musicians is just telepatic. I've been a fan of Ken Vandermark for a long time but I still find his style of playing very fresh and captivating. Paal Nilssen-Love is probably my favourite drummer now. He's got marvelous sense of details and great versatility. Rubing the cymbals with a drumstick or hiting various kinds of bells makes…
  • Inspired by Talking_Animal and eMusic

    Mag 16 2006, 15:37 di beelzbubba

    In making this list, I am trying for the less obvious eMusic downloads that have brought me hour of enjoyment. I won't insult your intelligence by noting that the Ayler disks available through eMusic are worthy. This is assumed. With that, I humbly submit 10 of my favorite wastes of time, to borrow from Marshall Crenshaw.

    By the way, do not download the Marshall Crenshaw What's in the Bag. It is a waste of time.

    Susie Ibarra TrioRadianceAs might be obvious from my last.fm playlist, Susie Ibarra brings me joy, and no more so than with Radiance. Ibarra is one of the best drummers in music today regardless of genre. Here she blends, jazz, folk music influenced by her Filipina background, a little Jimi Hendrixwith "Up from the Skies". The instrumentation is brilliant and atypical too. Cooper Moore on piano and Charles Burnham on violin.
    James Blood UlmerBirthright. Seriously, you can't go wrong with any of the Ulmer recordings on eMusic, but Birthright is just so, um, right. …