Posted by flotzam on Monday, November 18, 2019 |

Fun show at Egan's with Jazz Abbey. Tight heads, cool set list. Tunes like Joe Sample's "Mystery Child", "Small Fortune" by Ray Obiedo, "Alan Weight Speaking" by Jim Culter, and "Tale of Debauchery" by Thomas Marriott.

Baritone sax sounding good. Bass player had more effects pedals than the guitarist!  Al Keith joined for some tunes at the end, great tone! Set ran a little long and lost energy at the end, but overall thumbs up.

Posted by flotzam on Saturday, September 28, 2019 |

Caught Marc Seales at Tula's closing weekend, loss of an institution with the demise of Tula's. Seales was great as usual, flipping between electric piano and the grand piano on stage. With Thomas Mariott on Trumpet, Seales' brother Jesse shredding on guitar, Jeff Johnson bass and didn't catch the drummer. Started with some originals and then did the Weather Report jam Birdland. Then did a Jeff Johnson composition Machu Pichu, very ethereal. Ended with Pusherman by Curtis Mayfield, funky. 

Second set had another Seales tune and then Hendrix If Six Was A Nine that rocked. Did a really cool blues called Muddy Chicago Blues. Seales closed with a solo performance and also did an encore, hitting these beautiful American sounding chords that rung so true.

Posted by flotzam on Sunday, April 14, 2019 |

Stoked to have Miles Okazaki play in Seattle. Amazing composer and monster shredder with psycho technique. Moments were Frippian, Crimsonian, but even farther out. Crazy time signatures, crazy lines that went and went and didn't let up.  Pedal kicked every now and then taking things from the timbre of jazz guitar to the overdrive of  metal. 

Played some Thelonious Monk tunes admidst the originals, Round Midnight and a couple others. Also a standard ballad, Someone To Watch Over Me? 

The other musicians were on it: Matt Mitchell – piano,  Anthony Tidd – bass, Sean Rickman – drums. The four of them made a sonically dense music that pushed the boundaries of form and expectation.  

His book, Fundamentals of Guitar, is the shit. Seeing him live validated the practice of the theory explicated in the  book with all its explorations of patterns and outside the box thinking of how to conceive of music in the first place.

 

 

Posted by flotzam on Friday, November 30, 2018 |

Sold out show, played for two hours, with four encores. Rachel Flotard from Visqueen on backing vocals. They did 10 of the 12 tracks from the new album Hell On, starting the set with the last tune, "Pitch and Honey."  These new tunes are bomber. Also did choice numbers from back catalog. Great arrangements of these compositions live.  Lots of dynamics, blending intimacy with big sound. Neko's voice filled the hall with expected magic. Lots of guitars -- here's to the guitar tech on the show cause they rotated a lot of guitars across multiple musicians.  What a great songwriter, defying convention or genre. Stage banter was off the cuff, funny. 

Posted by flotzam on Friday, October 20, 2017 |

Stellar show to a packed, appreciative house, celebrating Ray Brown. Lots of tunes, lots of stories as each player had a go with the mic to tell stories about Brown and one another, classic jazz anecdote style. The playing was great, a clinic pretty much on grace & taste. Started with the tune "The Summer Wind" then a Dizzy Gillespie tango tune that Benny Green lit up on with this two handed octave solo technique. Next was "Tenderly" and wow did they play it tenderly. Then a Ray Brown tune called "FSR" which is For Sonny Rollins. Then a Miles tune. Then they played "Lil Darlin" by Basie as arranged by Ray Brown. So super tasteful. Love that tune. You could tell these guys have played together many times; in fact, McBride commented on the crazy number of records he and Lewis Nash were on together. They were telepathic as a bass/drum duo. Then they did "You Are My Sunshine" and jammed out on that. Ended with two Ray Brown tunes, the final a blues called Captain Hill. Great show.