Things were cool when Jason Lindner performed at 92Y Tribeca last week with Now Vs. Now. He was going to continue being his usual awesome self and make spectacular, electronic jazz that goes in all sorts of different directions. We were going to get a new album somewhere down the line and all would be well, but then Lindner under the helm of 2011 MacArthur grant recipient drummer Dafnis Prieto working alongside emcee Kokayi just unveiled the EPK for the Dafnis Prieto Proverb Trio album. That's when things got kicked up to a whole 'nother level.
As usual, the show is a combination of ideas I've collected throughout the week and picks the computer left but I'm particularly happy with my new approach to blending tracks together. I'm really happy with my handiwork in that department. The song selection ain't half bad, either.
The Line-Up for 27 April 2012
Last night at New York's 92Y Tribeca, things got sort of trippy and spacey and altogether awesome with Jason Lindner's Now Vs. Now playing another edition of Josh Jackson's The Checkout: Live. Their set included new material and hits from their 2009 self-titled release. The set is certainly worth a listen and should tie you over until Lindner, Guiliana, and Andreaou drop some magic on us in album form once more.
I don't get out often enough. It's a sad, but true fact. As a non-driving San Antonio, Texan who essentially lives in an exurb, I'm utterly reliant on our fair city's faulty public transportation system, so I'm not often out at night. This whole month, I have essentially been ignoring Jazz Appreciation Month and its discussion of the importance of scene (relished in the now past Jazz Media Day), a topic I have often grappled with internally at times in this space, because I have felt unqualified to discuss it. (Although, I have also found it a little difficult to reconcile discussing local issues on an international site. It's still something we try to evolve around here.) Still, I have been meditating on the matter much over the last month. As an editor, I tend to think a lot about revering distinct authorial voice. The essence of this idea is that I like what some folks have to say. One mustn't forget this root, for I have over time forgotten until now that in musicianship, the same principle abides-- I rather like what some folks, from where I live or across the globe, have to say musically and how they choose to say it.
Versatility is difficult to pair with coherence. And yet this is done in the music of French born pianist Romain Collin’s trio, featuring bassist Luques Curtis (Christian Scott, Eddie Palmieri) and drummer Kendrick Scott (Wayne Shorter, Robert Glasper). Streaming on Nextbop for the next week, you will find the Palmetto debut album of this trio, The Calling.