Gilad Hekselman's 2013 album, This Just In, still kills. It's one of those kinds of albums with sharp compositions and even sharper playing. Though we at Nextbop are constantly in search of the new, something about this release keeps find its way back into our rotations. So seeing a performance of Hekselman alongside bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Ferenc Nemeth play "March of the Sad Ones" live from last year's Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois, France, is yet another welcome return to one of our favorite albums of 2013. Watch the performance after the jump.
Gilad Hekselman played the Django Reinhardt Festival this past June 29 with Reuben Rogers on bass and Ferenc Nemeth on drums. They played a couple of new tunes from Gilad ("Verona", the opener in this set, as well as "Cosmic Patience") in addition to a Brazilian samba and some tunes from Hekselman’s most recent album, This Just In. In introducing "Cosmic Patience", Gilad mentions that the tune will be included on a new album to be released later this year. Although the album was originally slated for a November 2014 release, it now seems likely that it won’t be out until early 2015. Get ready for it, though - everything has been recorded, mixed, and mastered. In addition to the trio of Gilad Hekselman on guitar, Joe Martin on bass, and Marcus Gilmore on drums, the new album will also feature Jeff Ballard on a couple of tracks (one with both Ballard and Gilmore on two drumsets and the other a duet between Ballard and Hekselman). In the meantime, check out some of the new tunes getting a workout in a live concert, after the jump.
In a stop in Aalborg, Denmark, this past May, here's video of an intimate performance of Gilad Hekselman's yet unreleased compositon, "March of the Sad Ones", and "The Bucket Kicker" from Hearts Wide Open featuring Hekselman on guitar, Mark Turner on sax, Joe Martin on bass, and Marcus Gilmore on drums.