Live Blog: Motian/Frisell/Lovano at the Village Vanguard
September 3, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Thelonious Monk's "Ruby My Dear," minus piano. Bill Frisell's opening is wafting around the ether. Float like a butterfly...
I'm detecting a trend here. This is "Let's Cool One," another Monk composition.
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?
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.
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