Sunday, February 27, 2011

Playing This Week in the Kevmobile

I haven't been able to blog much recently (though a few posts have been started and will ultimately appear in their proper places), but here's my weekly music rundown:
  • MONDAY: "The Philadelphia Experiment" by a group of the same name. Uri Caine, Christian McBride and Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson celebrate their hometown in funky fashion.

  • TUESDAY: Oktoposse, "Blues Lee -- Volume III." Occasionally wacky German octet puts out some seriously good music, and the five horns sound like a big band at times.

  • WEDNESDAY: The Monterey Quartet, "Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival." Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Gonzalo Rubalcaba + Eric Harland = win.

  • THURSDAY: Mike Mainieri, "Wanderlust." Early '80s effort from vibist/Steps Ahead leader hints at that band's US debut, with generous helpings of Michael Brecker along the way.

  • FRIDAY: LTC + Mark Turner, "Hikmet." American tenorist and Italian trio unite on a tuneful romp of mostly originals, plus interesting versions of "Skylark" and "Love Theme from Spartacus."

  • SATURDAY: Jaga Jazzist, "One-Armed Bandit." Norwegian band (featuring ECM trumpeter Mathias Eick) mixes jazz with electronics and all kinds of other stuff.

  • SUNDAY: Happy Apple, "Happy Apple Back On Top." Improv-laden Minnesota-based trio featuring The Bad Plus' David King on drums.
The rising price of gas may limit my leisure driving a bit, but I always have to get back and forth between schools, so there'll always be music in the Kevmobile. More next week, of course...

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