Monday, June 2, 2014
Early June Live in CT + Horvitz in Brass
Joining Ms. Oh in New Haven will be Ben Wendel (saxophones), Rudy Royston (drums) and Matt Stevens (guitar). They'll not only play most of the songs from that fine release but also several pieces recently added to the band's book. There are 2 sets - 8:3) and 10 p.m. - to find out more, go to firehouse12.org or call 203-785-0468. To find out more about the bassist and her music, go to www.lindaohmusic.com.
Here's a piece from the CD:
He'll be performing alongside Larry Ham (piano), Lee Hudson (bass) and Tom Mellito (drums). Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the first set commencing at 8:30. Contact info is below. To find out more about Chris Flory, go to www.chrisfloryjazz.com.
His Quartet includes Tadataka Unno (piano), Paul Beaudry (bass) and Steve Williams (drums). For tickets and more, go to thesidedoojazz.com or call 860-434-0886. You can ask purchase tickets to upcoming shows including the June 11th appearance of Diane Schuur.
Here's a nice track from Clifton Anderson's 2012 Daywood Drive CD titled "And So We Carry On."
Though the project was the composer's idea, most of the tunes were picked and arranged by members of the ensemble. Horvitz plays keyboards and electronics on the title track and on 3 "Interludes" (which are improvisations based on the song). The pieces range from the Copland-esque "Please Keep That Train Away From My Door" that opens the program to the bright and bouncy "Home" to the gospel-tinged "Sweeter Than The Day" to the slow-movng blues "The Circus Prospered." Most of the tracks are short with only 1 (the multi-sectioned "9/8" clocking in at over 5 minutes) yet there is so much to absorb. Horvitz has produced so much music over the past 3 decades with so many different sized ensembles; why stands out here is his melodism and the harmonies the brass players find in their arrangements. There are moments that are so quiet and others filled with playful interactions ("The Band With Muddy" is wonderfully schizoid with fine melodic moments amidst its stops-and-starts while the title track is awash with spooky noises).
The Westerlies are most certainly a fresh breeze in an often stagnant world. "Wishing The Children Would Come On Home" is a delightful reminder of the wealth of fine music that Wayne Horvitz has created and continues to create. For more information, go to www.westerliesmusic.com.
Here's a taste of the CD: