Tuesday, March 6, 2012
This. That and the Other (Part 1)
But, before OFA comes to town, the John Funkhouser Trio returns to The Buttonwood Tree, 605 Main Street, on Saturday, March 10, for an evening of high-energy creative explorations (many with "wicked" rhythms.) Funkhouser, a member of the faculty at The Berklee School of Music in Boston (as is pianist Laszlo Gardony, whose Trio excited a full house on March 3), brings his usual cohorts - bassist Greg Loughman and drummer Mike Connors - to The Buttonwood where they have attracted a number of new fans. For more information, call 860-347-4957.
For the 3/10 concert, Rosenthal has assembled a group that features Anne Rhodes (vocals), Jeremy Starpoli (trombone), Karin Rosenthal (glockenspiel) and K.C.M. Walker (harmonium). For more information, go to uncertaintymusic.com.
Future concerts in the series include "Unearthish" on Wednesday March 14 at 9 p.m. in the Elm Bar, 372 Elm Street in the Elm City. "Unearthish" is the name of the new CD by the duo of Sarah Bernstein (songs, violin, voice) and Satoshi Takeishi (percussion), a strong collection of sound and word experiments. Give a listen by going to sarahbernstein.bandcamp.com/album/unearthish.
Finally, on Wednesday March 28 at 9 p.m. in the Elm Bar, it's the triple bill of Keith Restaurant + Meat Foam (Cretella and Parmelee) + Brian Parks. Again, go to uncertaintymusic.com for more information.
CD Pick of the Week:
Each member of the Trio contributes, at least, one original piece to the program. Luty's "In An Ellingtone" is a slyly constructed blues with a slinky melody line and more than just "Kinda Dukish." Hendelman's "Hat Dance" is a breezy and bluesy melody that bops right along with a playful piano solo and plenty of fine interplay. Hamilton, being the leader, has 2 contributions, the swinging "Ain't That A Peach" that opens the show and the title track (named for Hamilton's first drum set) jumps right out of the gate with a spunky melody over the driving hard-bop rhythm.
"Red Sparkle" should make the listener feel good (there's even a creative take on Stephen Bishop's pop smash "On and On") and, when one really pays attention to how the Trio interacts, you'll enjoy it even more. As the esteemed Mr. Ellington said (probably more than once), "There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind" - The Jeff Hamilton Trio makes good music! For more information and sound samples, go to caprirecords.com/artists/jeff-hamilton-trio.