So the second track is by Juan Tizol, but the next is by Ornette, so it's ok. Howard assembled a wonderful band and played one of these shows that makes just feel good for a couple of days. Always stay for the second set.
In the last four years Meklit released three eclectic albums on Porto Franco Records: a jazz rooted singer-songwriter debut On a Day Like This..., an album of rock cover duets with Oakland-based singer Quinn DeVeaux, Meklit & Quinn, and an Ethiopian sci-fi hip hop space opera Earthbound as member of the trio CopperWire. Her second album We Are Alive is out this month on Six Degrees Records. In the past few weeks I got a chance to document two rehearsals, this video is the first of these documents. The others will follow soon.
Meklit's San Francisco CD release show is on April 2nd at The Great American Music Hall. More information and tickets are here.
In January 2014 I found myself at 4 shows and one studio session featuring Ben Goldberg. I think I taped all five. I'm slowly working through the footage and will post some more this Spring.
Walking into Duende on January 23, I didn't know what musical direction the group would take. I first heard of Myra Melford and Ben Goldberg when they independently collaborated with The Nice Guy Trio in 2008, but I hadn't heard of Mary Oliver or Han Bennink, so I was in for a treat. In love with all the emotion Han wrings out of his drum set before settling into the hard driving swing in the second part of the tune.
I should have miked the piano. I didn't. I apologize.
I'm taking some time this winter break to edit footage I shot over the last couple of years. This is from November 2012. In 2010 Dave released Eastern Accents in the Far West with the trio version of this ensemble on Porto Franco Records.
Ara Anderson - tr, David Boyce - ts, Michael Cavaseno - gt, Dave Mihaly - dr