Saturday, January 28, 2012



January 22, 2012
Lucid Jazz Lounge in Seattle


Tom Baker, Greg Campbell, and Michael Monhart crammed the tiny Lucid stage with electronics. Tom used a theremin to control the mix between his guitar straight and his guitar modulated, and Michael shifted the bell of his sax between two microphones to mix the sound with laptop-morphed versions of itself. All that intense technology combined over Greg's melodic and ever-shifting-never-coming-to-a-downbeat-that-isn't-five-other-things-at-the-same-time drumming form a deeply rich and lyrical sonic surface for what, in the end, is a supremely simple and elegiac music. Free jazz for the spirit entire.


January 24, 2012
Banned Rehearsal 231 - (August 1990 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Aaron Keyt)

Lots of empty space. This session tries hard, but is stuck.

Wild Thing 1 - Banned Rehearsal (July 2000 - Karen Eisenbrey, Keith Eisenbrey, Aaron Keyt, Neal Meyer)

In sillier moments over the years Banned Rehearsal has indulged in impromptu arrangements of this garage classic. This was the first of two more amplified versions that were separate from the regular improv session.

Gradus 78 - Neal Meyer (May 2005)
Keyboard Shortcuts - Richard Johnson - Keith Eisenbrey (studio recording June 2010)
Richard Johnson, missed in Seattle

Pieces of pieceness glued onto the page. A gloriously cobbled music, and lots of fun to play too!

January 26, 2012
Gut Bucket Blues - Louis Armstrong - [from Hot Fives And Sevens]

Here the exhortations one musician to another become an integral melodic strand in the piece as a whole.

Jesus Is My Air-O-Plane - Mother McCollum [from Dust to Digital's Goodbye, Babylon]

On top of the bizarre titular sentiment and the fine performance, a sensuous hiss rolling through the sound adds a guilty pleasure.

Careless Love - Joe Turner [from Allen Lowe's That Devilin' Tune]

Interesting segregation of vocal sound from the accompaniment. The fact of it is almost 80's preminiscent, but the sound of the actual tracks are clearly early 40's.

Howlin' Wolf - John Lee Hooker [from The Legendary Modern Recordings 1948 - 1954]

Guitar Toccata.

I'm A Man - Bo Diddley [collected from Dave Marsh's The Heart of Rock & Soul]
Money - Barrett Strong [collected from Dave Marsh's The Heart of Rock & Soul]

Both of these: harmonically colored percussion and voice.

Crying Time - Ray Charles [collected from Dave Marsh's The Heart of Rock & Soul]

The backing vocals, especially at the very end, sound like they strayed in from a Disney movie.

Pressure Drop - Toots And The Maytals [collected from Dave Marsh's The Heart of Rock & Soul]

The downbeat scoops up.

Shining Star - Earth Wind & Fire [collected from Dave Marsh's The Heart of Rock & Soul]
He Stopped Loving Her Today - George Jones [collected from Dave Marsh's The Heart of Rock & Soul]

A natural-born button pusher.

This Is England - The Clash [collected from Dave Marsh's The Heart of Rock & Soul]

Within the continuing cultural conversation a song is lobbed over the water. Pick a fight.

In Session At The Tintinabulary

January 23, 2012
Gradus 204 - Neal Meyer

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