Dutch transplant to NYC (as all jazz musicians seem to be, it would seem) Daan Kleijn has a clean sound to his style of guitar playing. The Prince Claus Conservatory grad spent years gaining his skills in the Netherlands and performing with the group ROOS before making his way to the US. There's a purity in his tone, like Kleijn studied Wes Montgomery as the Apostle Paul sat at the feet of Gamaliel. You can get this feeling all throughout his debut album as a bandleader, Trio, featuring bassist Tobias Nijboer and drummer Joost van Schaik. Check out a sampler of the album which dropped just last month after the jump.
Saxophonist Chris Ward has spent years trying to get to the fun of music. Yes, he's technically in a number of jazz bands (including the Hipster Assassins alongside bassist Felix Pastorius) and yes, his style of playing has the kind of jazz sound of a musician who lives in New York who believes that anything goes. But Ward, in his quest to make something amazing, has had a rock sensibility on the mind. In all of his endeavors, he seems to always be in a quest to fun, and it shows. There's a feel he's going for and if anything, his SoundCloud page is a good map of his sonic quest. In the last couple weeks, Ward has posted some songs, the moody, beautiful "Genome" & "Digging in the Dirt", and his version of Sia's "Breathe Me" (which very well might make it on the upcoming album), all of which are some of the finest work I've heard of his recorded yet. If this is where he's going, it should be time to get excited about what the album is going to be. Show these tracks some love after the jump.
It's the day after Thanksgiving, the KRTU studios are empty except for me plugging away at putting this show together and tending to other small tasks, and I felt like playing a bunch of guitars this week for some odd reason.
The Line-Up for 29 November 2013
Like ”I Have a Dream,” Herbie Hancock brought “Speak Like a Child” to the Miles Davis Quintet, unfortunately without ever recording a finished take. The rehearsals of this tune have been released on the collection The Miles Davis Quintet, 1965-1968: The Complete Columbia Studio Takes. The rehearsal version is an interesting window into the birth of “Speak Like a Child,” giving listeners a view of how Herbie Hancock’s approach to this tune would change. On this rehearsal version, Herbie is joined by Ron Carter on the bass, Tony Williams on drums, and a bit of Wayne Shorter’s sax in the intro (more from the rhythm section later…).
Enjoy some TigerFace after your turkey day (if you're American, or before your second matzah night if you're Jewish, I would imagine, not to pare down a holy day to its attachment to an unleavened bread that tastes quite good in soup). Here's video of Marco Benevento's full performance in Baltimore's 8x10 back on November 9th. It was a very full two hour set with a very well placed camera. If you're blessed enough to be able to laze the day away, tuning into this video may be a pretty great way to do so. Check it out after the jump.