June 10, 2008. Posted by Becca Pulliam.
Cachaca on West 8th Street is new. (Much on West 8th Street is new.) It's a deep, inviting, sound-lively room and the John Fedchock's Big Band took it over tonight. The band has been together 20 years with consistent personnel, but I understand it doesn't often play live. Having heard some tracks on BGO, I've been determined to get out and see them. Good idea! Trombonist and composer Fedchock is a veteran of the Woody Herman orchestra. Two of John's arrangements in the middle of the set -- of Eclipse by Freddy Hubbard and Epistrophy by Monk -- seemed to transcend the situation. Eclipse had a phrase that (to me) channeled the Woody Herman's orchestra, which I've never heard but I'm sure I heard it in that phrase. In Epistrophy there was a short stretch (a matter of measures) that sounded JUST LIKE New York gridlock. Stuck but with energy. I couldn't stop to ponder how they did that because I would have missed the next excitement. There was background writing for most of the solos, no one was left to fend for himself for long. Once again (as last week with the Roy Hargrove Big Band), the room moved. That's my report & I'm happy to deliver it. The most recent CD is Up and Running (Reservoir label).
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June 9, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
I interviewed composer Guillermo Klein this weekend. Listen to it here, and enjoy the raw materials. Don't forget to tune in to the show Wednesday night at 9pm. We'll be live at the Village Vanguard with Guillermo Klein Y Los Guachos. Their newest release, Filtros, hits the streets on Tuesday. Stay tuned for a Song of the Day feature on NPR Music.
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