I'm a freelance writer by day and a working jazz musician by night, and often I am able to combine my two lines of work. This blog is for posting gigs & various rants about music and life in general.

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

armando's rhumba

Sometimes I feel incredibly lucky to have the good fortune to have opportunities to see some the best jazz masters at work. Last week yielded three unbelievable concerts: on Oct. 8 we scored tickets to see the Pat Metheny trio at U of I's Krannert Center. The group featured, of course, the guitar whiz himself on various afflictions, and also Christian McBride on bass and Antonio Sanchez on drums. There was even a surprise guest saxophonist during the second set: David Sanchez (no relation to Antonio). What else can I say but that this group was nothing short of amazing? Fabulous musicians, arrangements, technique, sound...you name it, it was integrated in the show. I gave it an A+++.

The following Friday we headed to Springfield (well, actually we were already there for a Swing Daddies gig) to catch the Dave Weckyl Band. If you like fusion (ala Chick Corea Electrik Band) you'd have loved this. And I've never seen so many drummers in the same room--it was kind of scary actually. The music was fast-paced, energetic, and believe it or not, not too loud. These guys were tasteful and friendly to boot. I wish them well (like that means anything, but still...) as they continue their tour to promote their latest CD, Multiplicity.

Last but not least, last Sunday Chick Corea was at the College of DuPage in Chicago. Kevin and I had a gig in Peoria that afternoon, which is about 3 hours from the City, so once that was done with we high-tailed it northward to witness this keyboard master at work. Great stuff...Corea has teamed up with a bunch of native Spaniards (and an American drummer) to produce some tasty flamenco-style jazz. Corea is a jazz giant, and definitely someone every musician should see at some point.

Am I listened out? No way. It's been great. Besids, I need to get this out of my system before March and babytime. Jazz concerts in auditoriums and screaming children are a big no-no (see, I've got the lingo of parenthood down already). We'll be sticking with outdoor concerts for quite a few years, I think.

More as it happens. Happy listening & gigging to all!


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