October 29, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
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???
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June 29, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
On the final evening of the JVC-New York Festival, I sauntered down to the
Charles Lloyd Quartet performance at The Society for Ethical Culture. This
seems like the perfect place to see Lloyd perform, on principle alone. His
unabashed jazz ethos and spiritual bent create an immediate and humane
environment. The hall acoustics, however, are a total non-starter for the
sound of live jazz. A massive wash of drums and indistinct piano notes.
The opening act was our nation's poet laureate, Charles Simic.
"Club Midnight" is some pretty powerful verse:
Are you the sole owner of a seedy night club?
Are you its sole customer, sole bartender,
Sole waiter prowling around the empty tables?
Do you put on wee-hour girlie shows
With dead stars of black and white films?
Is your office upstairs over the neon lights,
Or down deep in the dank rat cellar?
Are bearded Russian thinkers your silent partners?
Do you have a doorman by the name of Dostoyevsky?
Is Fu Manchu coming tonight? Is Miss Emily Dickinson?
Do you happen to have an immortal soul?
Do you have a sneaky suspicion that you have none?...
The quartet started behind Simic, and proceeded to play with the musicality
that jazz fans have come to expect from Lloyd's ensembles. Jason Moran is
the pianist, Reuben Rogers the bassist, and Eric Harland the drummer. Their
trip through Lloyd classics like "Requiem" and "Monk's Dance" were well
received, as was the newer material from the quartet's recent release, Rabo
de Nube. I had to really work hard to hear the music, but the payoff was
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