Extremely inventive guitarist Miles Okazaki just posted a pair of his sets from his recent European tour back in September to his YouTube page. His quartet including (recent Grammy nominee) tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin, bassist Francois Moutin, and drummer Dan Weiss played songs from Okazaki's numerous compositions from his last three albums, most of which from his most recent-- 2012's Figurations. Give a listen to the Basel, Switzerland, and Barcelona, Spain, gigs after the jump. It's not a bad way to spend two and a half hours.
Some years ago, when bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (The Thing, Atomic, Dave Rempis Percussion Quartet, Plutonium Farmers) moved to Austin, he wanted to put together an Austin band. At that time, the perfect confluence of elements of guitarist Jonathan Horne, trumpeter/rapper/drum programmer Jawwaad Taylor, alto saxophonist Jason Jackson, and drummers Frank Rosaly & Stefan Gonzalez were in the same town at the same time. The sextet had an experimental, racous thing going and The Young Mothers were born. However, over time, some members moved from Austin and the group couldn't stay together long enough to record an album… until now. Due out this coming March is The Young Mothers' a mothers work is never done on Ingebrigt's own Tektite Records Cooperative. To give you a taste of what's to come, they just released a song, "Ruth", on their SoundCloud page. Give it a listen after the jump.
I would say it's the last relatively normal episode of The Line-Up of 2013 since next week (this Friday) will be my favorite picks of the year and the week after that will be the Nextbop/Art of Cool picks of the year. The week after that is the 27th of December and I don't quite know what I'll do with that show yet. Nevertheless, let's celebrate this week this week and revel in the still very much new music that doesn't seem to stop.
The Line-Up for 6 December 2013
“Jitterbug Waltz” is a tune from Fats Waller written (I am told by wikipedia) in 1942 and released as a 78 rpm single. On that single, Waller opens the tune by playing the melody on a Hammond organ with guitar accompaniment. It’s a catchy, descending melody on the organ. After playing the descending line twice, there’s a little turnaround phrase starting at about 0:30. Just before 1:00, a clarinet joins to play through the head again along with the organ and guitar, and then a bit after 1:30, a full horn section plays the melody along with Waller’s organ for a bigger sound. The horn punctuations are nice here, with Waller adding some nice, watery-sounding organ underneath. It’s a great, catchy tune. Not very much improvisation on this version, as they were limited by the length of a 78 rpm record. The tune has served as a platform for future improvisers, though, and has taken on lots of new forms since 1942.
A couple weeks ago, drummer/producer Pat Van Dyke released the track "Frequency" (you may remember when we posted about it). It's part of Van Dyke's new album, Technicolor Hi-Fi, on Cotter Records. The new LP, streaming now at Van Dyke's SoundCloud page, features Jesse Fischer on Rhodes and keys, Jordan Piper on the Wurlitzer electric piano, Josh David and Jordan Scannella trading off electric bass duty, and Ben Zeff & Jameison Ledonio on guitar. There's a kind of easy breezy chill factor to this album, good enough to be released on the fourth quarter of the year without getting swept up in the holiday and year-end list flurry. It's a pretty cool listen that you'll spin on repeat quite a few times. Listen to the whole album after the jump before it drops on December 10th.