I’ve always been curious as to how up-and-coming jazz musicians survived in the chaos that is New York City. After spending some time there a year or so ago, I was shocked at the exorbitant prices and the constant buzzing of the populace bordering on insanity at times. I figured this would make for a fascinating reality show, or a documentary if you wanted to keep it formal. Well this is exactly what “Working Musician”, a 7 episode web series by filmmaker Joe Rubenstein aspires to be. “Working Musician” provides us with a glimpse into the daily life of saxophonist Alex LoRe over a four month period leading up to the release of his first album. Featuring live performances at some of New York’s finest venues and appearances by co-conspirators Jonathan Ragonese, Lucas Pino, Colin Stranahan, Desmond White, and Glenn Zaleski, “Working Musician” has us salivating at the potential awesomeness. Two episodes have been released to date. You can watch episode 1 below. The rest of the series will continue “airing” every Thursday until December 8th.
How does one easily express a larger idea? It's been three years since keyboardist Eddie Moore and his group the Outer Circle released The Freedom of Expression, and now the building of new, impressionable material for the next one had to commence. Glimmers showed up in live performances over three years and now is the time for this collection of songs circulated around the sprawling but regal song triptych that is "Kings and Queens" have proven that it may have taken some doing to get here but their ever-present soulfulness in their play always makes it sound easy.
Once again, it's time for the KRTU membership drive and I'm getting prepared for a season of asking for support. Though, I would think the work we do at KRTU merits your support, right? These are folks who present this music and that has to happen somehow, doesn't it?
The Line-Up for 21 October 2016
New York based Dutch saxophonist Ben Van Gelder’s newest album is on its way. Among Verticals features usual cast members vibraphonist Peter Schlamb, bassist Rick Rosato, drummer Craig Weinrib, and pianist Sam Harris augmented by the arrival of tenor saxophonist Kyle Wilson and trumpeter Philip Dizack. Among Verticals is inspired by František Kupka’s painting “Mme Kupka among Verticals”.
Yesterday, one of three songs from the late David Bowie's Blackstar sessions -- the ones featuring saxophonist Donny McCaslin, keyboardist Jason Lindner, bassist Tim Lefebvre, and drummer Mark Guiliana -- started floating around. These are songs that didn't quite make the album but will appear on the cast recording of Bowie's last play, Lazarus, which releases tomorrow. Check out one of those songs below, "Killing a Little Time", and be on the lookout for McCaslin's new album, Beyond Now, out now on Motéma, while you're at it (but we'll talk more about that later).