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  • Live Blog: Chris Potter Underground at Village Vanguard

    September 16, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Chris Potter Soundcheck Photo

    See some photos from our day at the Vanguard.

    8:45pm
    The band returned from dinner.  Chris Potter is warming up the tenor.  Adam Rogers is drinking coffee.   We're live in fifteen minutes.

    9:02pm
    This is "Facing East."  The band has played it before, but this is the first time for posterity.

    9:17pm
    I'll be surprised if we get five songs during this set.  They play long.

    9:19pm
    This is "Viva Las Vilnius," from Follow the Red Line, Underground's most recent CD.  Recorded live in this club last year.  Love these grooves.

    9:35pm
    Pop Tune #1

    9:37pm
    What a great solo by Adam Rogers.  Dirty blues.

    9:42pm
    Chris Potter blistering the audience with a solo.  Quotes of "Jean Pierre" and "Nature Boy" in the solo.

    9:48pm
    Chris Potter has picked up the bass clarinet.

    9:51pm
    Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe."  As a ballad.  This is beautiful.

    9:55pm
    Wow, that was lovely.

    10:00pm
    Untitled Original.   New music

    10:06pm
    Chris Potter and Nate Smith are playing duo.  Whole lotta music goin' on.

  • Live Blog: Motian/Frisell/Lovano at the Village Vanguard

    September 3, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Vanguard Motian Trio Marquee

    8:00pm
    The show starts an hour from now, and we're as ready as we can be.  The crew arrived at 6pm, and Bill Frisell was sitting onstage, practicing silently.  He seemed to like the alone time, so we didn't bother him.  Paul Motian came to the club for a minute, then darted off to dinner.  Joe Lovano was leaving the airport in Cleveland at 3:30pm.  Haven't seen him yet.  With jazz, all is in flux, always.

    8:30pm
    Due to an emergency, Joe Lovano missed opening night.  Saxophonist Bill McHenry, who plays regularly with Paul Motian, subbed for both sets last night. This is the second night of the trio's residency, but the first evening they're together.  Aftermore than two decades of playing together, these guys can just come in and play.

    9:02pm
    We're live.  The trio is playing "The Bag Man," from their ECM release, I Have The Room Above Her.  Named after the Jerome Kern song from Showboat.

    9:10pm
    This trio is comprised of musicians who are some of the foremost interpreters of Thelonious Monk's music.  This one called "Light Blue."  Motian played a week with Monk, but considers him a looming influence.

    9:23pm
    After a beautiful "Time and Time Again," the trio goes into one of their familiar songs, "Jack of Clubs."  These gentlemen are completely in the moment...

    9:33pm
    Thelonious Monk's "Ruby My Dear," minus piano.  Bill Frisell's opening is wafting around the ether.  Float like a butterfly...

    9:42pm
    I'm detecting a trend here.  This is "Let's Cool One," another Monk composition.

    9:51pm
    I really love this song.  It's called "Cambodia."  Apparently, Manfred Eicher from ECM inspired the name.  He said it sounded like Cambodia.  Maybe minus the Khmer Rouge?

    9:58pm
    Bill Frisell = sound architect.  This is amazing.

    10:05pm  After a brief snippet of "Drum Music," we end.  Regretfully.  But the band here for the next two weeks.  It's even better in person.  Ciao.
    -Josh