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  • Live Blog - Rodriguez Brothers at Gracie/JVC

    June 16, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Rodriguez Brothers at JVC

    Well, the weather in New York is cooperating enough. We're live at Gracie
    Mansion with the Rodriguez Brothers.

    6:17 And we're off! The first tune was a blazing number called "Rowdy Rod."

    6:24 Vibraphonist Joe Locke has joined the rest of the ensemble on stage.
    They are Robert Rodriguez on piano, Michael Rodriguez on trumpet, Ricardo
    Rodriguez (not one of the brothers, however) on bass, and Johnathan Blake
    is the drummer.

    6:25 "Like Joe," with Joe Locke.

    6:31 Gary Walker just informed me that this band also plays with Joe Locke
    as the leader. The group changes their name to Force of Four. And if you're
    in Newark on June 26th, you can catch Force of Four at the Newark Museum
    for the Jazz in the Garden Series. WBGO's Sheila Anderson is the host. Go!

    6:39 "Sundance," featuring Joe Locke soloing. Also a nice solo from Michael
    Rodriguez on flugelhorn. His choice of notes reminds me of Woody Shaw.
    And this song also has that kind of vibe, too.

    6:50 This one called "Rude Awakening." As the title implies...
    Yet another tune for the absolutely effortless mastery of Johnathan Blake,
    one of the young masters/monsters on drums.

    6:57 Wow. What a piano solo.

    6:59 The skies have gotten AWFULLY DARK. Uh oh...
    We might be ending this very soon.

    7:01 Everyone in attendance has huddled underneath the tent. And the band
    is trading fours.

    7:04 Due to extremely bad weather, this show is OVER.
    -Josh

  • Live Blog - Village Vanguard 6.11.08

    June 11, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Vanguard Sign Illuminated

    Join the live chat.
    Check out some photos from today and tonight.

    Welcome to the show. Thanks for joining us tonight.
    The first song is "Venga." It's from the last Guillermo Klein recording.
    Called Una Nave.

    Second song is "Juana." From LOS GUACHOS II.

    This band has been rehearsing nonstop. That, combined with being together on and off for 13 years, makes a HUGE difference for the music.

    9:19 Singer Carmen Canela has joined the band onstage. She is featured on the new recording, FILTROS. She flew in from Barcelona to be at the Village Vanguard this week. Singing "Amor Profundo."

    9:23 Carmen singing "Textura de Sueno." This is based on a poem by Nicaraguan writer, Gioconda Belli. Loosely tranlated as "Haunted Night."

    9:29 George Gershwin's "Fascinating Rhythm," with "Moliendo Cafe."
    Carmen's last tune with Los Guachos tonight. Also from UNA NAVE.

    9:32 Very powerful solo from Miguel Zenon.

    9:41 "Vaca." This is an Argentine children's song with a beat from Ghana and a composition from the modernist Gyorgi Ligeti called "Hungarian Rock." Cool. Hear a story about it here.

    9:47 "Yeso," from the new record, FILTROS. Everyone singing. A very beautiful song.

    10:00 Evertime I hear this song, "Miula," I feel like I'm in a time warp. Guillermo told me he thinks about the movie, MATRIX. Funny.

    10:13 Sorry, folks. I got so wrapped up in the last tune that I was neglecting the blog. Music does this to me.

    Hope you enjoyed the show. Come back next week for Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band.
    -Josh