Posted by flotzam on Thursday, February 23, 2017 |

Flotzam just became an investor/coop member of Resonate, a very cool Web 3.0 way of thinking about music distribution. As they say, Resonate is bringing democracy to music streaming. We are a cooperative of artists, labels, fans, and developers, and we own the platform together.


Posted by flotzam on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | Live Review

Played all country, signature Scofield style. Such a distinct voice. Nobody sounds like him. The way he plays a head, his attack, his articulation. And so many ideas. Was playing an Ibanez through a Fender super reverb clean, and tone was Sco tone. Coming off winning a Grammy he's gotta be stoked. Started with "Mr Fool" which set tenor for the night: familiar melody that slowly fell away into interpretation and then returned. Second tune "Mama Tried" by Merle Haggard. Then, "Jolene" by Dolly Parton of course, imbued with the soul of the song and a killer bass solo. Then, "Bartender Blues" which he played with a capo, don't see that on a jazz guitar very often. Then two Hank Williams tunes, "So Lonesome I Could Die" and "You Win Again" with the usual descent/ascent into jazz madness. Then a really sweet version of Shania Twain's "You're Still The One." Then "The Gambler" a rollickin version as well as a tune from Hee Haw by Buck Owens. Crazy tasteful organ solos on both. Ended with Wild Wood Flower.  Accompanying Scofield was Vicente Archer (bass), Larry Goldings (organ/piano) and Bill Stewart (drums). 


Posted by flotz on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 | Live Review

Awesome show, full house, standing ovation at the end. Chemistry was there between the players and the pieces flowed. Pulse always there, music flowing around it. Loved the drummer, Henry Cole, explosive, textural. Gerald Clayton on the keys was so tuneful, responsive, lyrical. Joe Sanders on bass (no shoes) was on his game, cool solo at the end where he sang with his solo. And Ben Wendel was a strong leader and inspiring soloist. They played 4-5 originals and one standard, I Loves You, Porgy, from Porgy and Bess of course.   Wendel's heads were easy to vibe and relate to. Good stuff.

Posted by flotz on Saturday, September 17, 2016 | Live Review

The classic trio set up with organ, guitar and drums sounding so right. Organ old school from the 60s, defining warm. Not sure the names of the other players; they were great. Burchett had chops and style.  Whole band swung.  Played “Misty” not sure of the other heads. Really good vibe. 

Was looking on Burchett’s website and looks like he plays with Max Holmberg, of the Beaver sessions fame, quite regularly. Small jazz world!

Posted by flotz on Monday, September 5, 2016 | Live Review

It was the usual cast of characters last night at the Angry Beaver – the Seattle jazz scene -- with one notable exception: Kamasi Washington was in the house.  In town for Bumbershoot, he and some of his fellow musicians were on hand and joined in at the end to play the Duke Ellington favorite “Caravan”, with the house band, also bringing up on stage the vocalist from his band, Patrice Quinn and the keyboardist, Brandon Coleman. Cool to see such internationally recognized talent hanging at the local jam session on a Sunday night.   As to be expected, Kamasi blew all over Caravan, as tenor saxophone players will do.  The rest of the evening was also full of great moments: an accordian player, tap dancing, a drummer who slayed “Footprints”, a great vocalist take on “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”, a funk session, the house band charging as always.