For ticket information, go to firehouse12.com or call 203-785-0468. To fond out more about this very busy musician - he is a member of Tim Berne's Snakeoil, Rudresh Mahanthappa's Bird Calls, the Dave Douglas Quintet, and works with artists such as , saxophonist Darius Jones, John Hollenbeck, and multi-reed artist Anna Webber (see below) - go to www.mattmitchell.us.
Here's the Quartet in action:
For more information, go to www.annakristinwebber.com or skirlrecords.com/anna-webber/.
Here's the opening track (and the obligatory "kitten" video!):
Musillami and Syracuse just released their debut album, "Of The Night: the Music of Wayne Shorter" (Playscape) and it's quite a charmer. It's the second excellent recording of Mr. Shorter's music released in the last few months - Denny Zeitlin's "Early Wayne" being the other - and illustrates just how influential a composer the saxophonist is. Miles Davis gets plenty of credit for the music he created in the 1950s and 60s (deservedly) but one feels that the compositions of Mr. Shorter will inspire musicians for generations to come. Why? Because of the open quality of the pieces. Listen to 13 minute "Footprints" that opens the duo's album. Notice how the guitar and bass converse, how they play with and support each other and also play counterpoint to each other. The expansive melody line and the chordal blueprint opens up so many exploratory avenues for these musicians and they do waste any opportunities.
Wayne Shorter, a composer and musician whose music has inspired players and listeners for over five decades, music that opens so wide it allows for many different interpretations. This is a delightful album that will yield many hours of listening pleasure.
For more information, go to playscape-recordings.com.