I've had a bit of an odd week where my phone has been oddly crippled so I had to circulate my commute around maybe three or four albums. That's been the driving force for this week's show in addition to playing through some new arrivals that had just come in. I'm steadily getting back to normal now but the same four albums are still staying in rotation for a while.
The Line-Up for 5 September 2014
Brad Mehldau is certainly one of the most influential pianists, and probably one of the most influential musicians on any instrument, of his generation. His solo piano and piano trio work is some of the most consistently mind-blowing stuff out there from any generation, and he’s also put together many interesting collaborations with other pianists, vocalists, guitarists, horns, strings, and electronics. In this column, I’ll look at some side-by-side comparisons of a few tunes by, or featuring, Brad Mehldau’s piano playing.
Bassist & vocalist Kenneth "Gizmo" Rodgers is getting ready to hit the road-- playing with Butcher Brown (particularly for an Art of Cool-approved gig on Sept. 7th at Raleigh's The Poor House), playing with Casey Benjamin, opening for Bilal. It's going to be some exciting times for the young musician whose dual EPs, The Middle and Red Balloon, have been garnering praise and building an impressive reputation for his very subdued jams. To give people a little something more to chew on before the tour, Gizmo has released a new free single-- "Sameness: Book of James". Check out the track from his SoundCloud after the jump.
"Little Church" aka "Igrejinha" is a song with a rather rich history. The Hermeto Pasquol composition is best known through Miles Davis' performance on 1971's Live-Evil. As part of his free track of the month series, pianist/keyboardist Marc Cary recorded the song with his Focus Trio of Taurus Mateen & Burniss Earl Travis II on bass and Sameer Gupta on drums with Igmar Thomas guesting on trumpet. You can cop the track from Cary's Bandcamp and check it out after the jump.