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. 

Posted by flotzam on Sunday, October 15, 2017 |

Cool set, all town names from Pennsylvania. Bass led,  held it down so that the other players could go where they sought. Really innovative bass solo near the end. Drummer went off. Keys player choosing some crazy patches.  Sound was good, fun to hear jazz at Barboza. Pomo lives!

Posted by flotzam on Sunday, February 26, 2017 | Live Review

Full house at the show, packed, both upstairs and down. But when you are on the cover of Downbeat and playing the Village Vanguard for a week straight upcoming, like Taborn is, well, it isn't shocking. But in a way it is shocking because the music was pretty far out there on the spectrum. They played three compositions in the course of an hour and a half, which morphed and modulated and often felt like four people playing four completely different parts that had nothing to do with one another where even the pulse was hard to find but then it would come back around and there would be a melody that every locked into. Both bass and keyboards shifted between acoustic and electric. One tune sounded like rock, like Ummagumma or something of that ilk. The last tune was a Roscoe Mitchell tune called "Jamaican Farewell."  They played a short encore that was in an insane time signature. Taborn was virtuosic on his instrument, able to do anything. The rest of the band included long-time Minneapolis-area friend Dave King (of the Bad Plus) on drums, former Seattleite Chris Speed on saxophone, and Chris Lightcap on bass. The avante garde is alive and well. Pretty sure Bill Frisell was in the audience.