22 November 2015

Sunday Slow Jam Vol.103 – A Remark You Made

November 22nd, 2015|News, Sunday Slow Jams|

This week’s Sunday Slow Jam features a classic tune called, “A Remark You Made” by the prodigious Weather Report. This highly influential band was stacked with monster musicians who liked to seek out the in-between spaces and just hang there. Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Airto Moreira and Peter Erskine were all fearless players who really shaped and transformed the idea of jazz-fusion and became untouchable. It seems that these musical storytellers needed more language to express themselves so they created a new one by blending rock, world music, jazz and funk together. They were virtuosic, fearless, curious and passionate. For me, Weather Report is most potent when you can listen to them live. Sadly, I never had the pleasure of seeing them live, but in this bountiful digital age we exist in, there are hundreds of videos that capture their truest, baddest selves quite beautifully. Listen to them now playing at a live concert in Offenbach, Germany, 1978.  I love how Joe Zawinul begins his melody at the 2:56 mark. It’s such a tasty musical moment. Oh and Wayne Shorter’s playing is so robust and full of life. It breaks my heart a little.

Weather Report – A Remark You Made

Catch the heavy hitting, all star Vancouver band featuring Brad Turner (keyboards), Dave Say (saxophone), Chris Couto (percussion), Sean Drabitt (bass) and Randall Stoll (drums) pay tribute to the legendary Weather Report, November 27th and 28th at Frankie’s Italian Bar and Kitchen. Don’t miss this show! Go here for more info: http://www.coastaljazz.ca/tribute_weather_report

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15 November 2015

Sunday Slow Jam Vol.102 – Lima Bean

November 15th, 2015|News, Sunday Slow Jams|

Today’s Sunday Slow(ish) Jam features the spunky and creative Scott Amendola Band. A little bit funky, a little bit sideways and outside the box, always stretching and searching, This band is bold and fearless. It features some really great musicians such as Jenny Scheinman (Bill Frisell) on violin, Nels Cline (Wilco) on guitar and lapsteel, Jeff Parker (Tortoise) on guitar and John Shifflett on bass and of course Scott Amendola on drums, percussion, loops and other electronics.

Scott Amendola is a flexible and fluid musician. You can hear it in his playing and in his ability to hang in any musical situation, with any type of musician. Sometimes navigating the free and improvised musical landscapes can leave audiences lost, however, his compositional skills and musical instincts never seem to alienate or abandon his listeners. Amendola’s music is personable and curious, probably just like him!

Scott Amendola Band – Lima Bean

Catch the Scott Amendola Band at Studio Recods tonight! Check out the Coastal Jazz website for more tickets and more info.


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8 November 2015

Sunday Slow Jam Vol.101 – Walk in The Rain

November 8th, 2015|News, Sunday Slow Jams|

The Mike Allen Quartet is one of Vancouver’s shining gems and an undeniable musical force that plays everything from heavy hitting originals to beloved standards. Check out this great tune “Walk in The Rain” from the quartet’s 2007 release called “Vancouver”. This track features the fabulous vocals of bassist/vocalist Adam Thomas, the gorgeous piano playing of Chris Gestrin and the fluid, effortless drumming of Julian McDonough. Whenever I hear Mike Allen I feel like he is playing for his life. It has intention and is intense. His music is fuelled by pure passion and can change from a slow burn to a full raging fire in seconds. It’s thrilling to watch and listen to Allen explore other musical realms. I often feel carried away by the sheer power and energy of his tone, he holds nothing back. It’s visceral, emotional music making and it can’t be escaped.

Don’t be fooled by the quaint title and lilting waltz, “Walk in The Rain” starts off like a pleasant rain shower and manages to rage like a glorious, heaving squall. The quartet takes you there.

It’s sublime and perfect.

Mike Allen Quartet – Walk In The Rain

Catch the fabulous Mike Allen Quartet at Frankie’s Italian Kitchen on November 13th and 14th, 2015 at 8pm. Go here for more info.

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