• Live Blog: Jenny Scheinman at the Village Vanguard 10.29.08

    October 29, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Village Vanguard Sign, Dusk 10.29.08

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    Jenny Scheinman is celebrating the release of her album, Crossing the Field, with a quartet tonight - Jason Moran at the piano, Greg Cohen on bass, and Rudy Royston on drums.  The band rehearsed for two hours yesterday afternoon, then played two sets for opening night.  So expect a fairly cohesive unit for tonight's show.

    Jenny is setting up onstage.  Getting ready for a nice show.

    Jenny Scheinman opens with "American Dipper" - male version - from an earlier recording, Shalagaster.

    American Dipper is North America's only truly aquatic songbird.

    Jenny calls "Albert," and she calls saxophonist Albert Ayler a great melodicist.  I can hear that.

    Band segues into "Through the Dark."  Greg Cohen is the go-to guy in this band.

    "That's Delight," from the new album, Crossing the Field.

    "The Frog" could be a cool pop tune.  I love the way this song evolves.  And Greg Cohen is such an outstanding bassist.  Such a complete musician.

    This beautiful ballad called "Sleeping in the Aquifer."  Nice imagery.

    After playing a new original, "Bray," Scheinman launches into "Hard Sole Shoe," from the new recording.  After a piano intro from Jason Moran, the groove is in the house.

    We end the set with "Born Into This."  Autobiographical, Ms. Scheinman???

  • Milton Nascimento and the Jobim Trio: The Birthday Concert

    October 27, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Milton Nascimento’s Cake

    Listen to the concert.

    WBGO was part of an extraordinary evening last night at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.  After Saturday's Latin Jazz tour with Paquito D'Rivera at the Victoria Theater, we wrapped up our weekend coverage of NJPAC's Alternate Routes festival tonight at Prudential Hall. The muse of Minas Gerais, Brazil's Milton Nascimento, celebrated his 66th birthday onstage with the Jobim Trio, featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim's son and grandson, guitarist Paulo Jobim and pianist Daniel Jobim.  Rodrigo Villa supported on bass, as did the steady rhythm of drummer Paolo Braga.  They played new arrangements of bossa nova classics (largely from the Antonio Carlos Jobim/Vinicius De Moraes songbook), a Dorival Caymmi standard, and a few anthems from Nascimento's time in the clube da esquina movement in Brazil's popular music.   All in all, it was a beautiful view into the modern identity of Brazilian song, with a willing audience of Portuguese speakers from Newark's Ironbound neighborhood.  Here's the rundown of the show, and what you'll hear when you listen online:

    1. Garota de Ipanema - AC Jobim (not available online)
    2. Aguas de Marco - AC Jobim
    3. So Tinha De Ser Com Voce - Elis Regina
    4. O Vento - Dorival Caymmi
    5. Brigas Nunca Mais - AC Jobim/Vinicius De Moraes
    6. Inutil Paisagem - AC Jobim/Aloysio de Oliveira
    7. Chega de Saudades - AC Jobim/De Moraes
    8. Medo de Amar - Vinicius De Moraes
    9. Velho Riacho (Pra Nao Sofrer) - AC Jobim
    10. Esperanca Perdida - AC Jobim/Billy Blanco
    11. Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar - AC Jobim/De Moraes
    12. Dias Azuis - Daniel Jobim
    13. Para Lennon e McCartney - Lo Borges-F.Brant/Nascimento
    14. Cravo e Canela - Nascimento
    15. Samba Do Aviao - AC Jobim
    16. Maria, Maria [encore] -  Nascimento

  • Paquito D'Rivera: Live at NJPAC 10.25.08

    October 26, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Paquito D’Rivera and the Latin Side of Jazz
    Listen to the first set.
    Listen to the second set.

    Paquito D'Rivera inaugurated a weekend of "Alternate Routes" at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and WBGO was there to broadcast the event.  Part of the three day Encuentros! Latin Jazz festival, D'Rivera's two sets at the Victoria Theater were a pan-Latin, pan-Caribbean, and steelpan affair.  Andy Narell joined core members of D'Rivera's group for "Paquito's Latin Side of Jazz," along with bandoneon player Hector del Curto. Taken together, the concert featured carnival-inspired jazz from Trinidad and Tobago, Argentina's tango and nuevo tango traditions, blues for both a fictitious journalist from Kazakhstan and a very real 26-inch "living doll" named Chiquita, a Venezuelan waltz, and jazz from a Puerto Rican.  Here's the breakdown:

    Set One
    1.  Kalinda - composed by Andy Narell
    2.  Bandoneon interlude featuring Hector del Curto
    3.  Oblivion - composed by Astor Piazzolla
    4.  Borat in Syracuse - composed by Paquito D'Rivera
    5.  Manha de Carnaval - composed by Luiz Bonfa
    6.  La Yumba/Caravan - composed by Osvaldo Pugliese/Juan Tizol
    Set Two:
    1.  Valse Venezolano - composed by Paquito D'Rivera
    2.  Preludio #3 - composed by Roberto Pansera
    3.  Chiquita Blues - composed by Paquito D'Rivera
    4.  Libertango - composed by Astor Piazzolla
    5.  To Brenda With Love - composed by Paquito D'Rivera

    Enjoy the concert, and check out more photos after the jump.
    -Josh Read more