Woodwind artist Clare Daly’s concept album, The Mary Joyce Project: Nothing To Lose, based on the inspiring arctic-exploring biography of Daly’s father’s first cousin, is conceived and performed with palpable sincerity and warmth. The music consists mainly of vamp and riff-based tunes for jazz quartet augmented by beat-boxer Napoleon Maddox, whose breathy sounds somehow recall the arctic vastness of Joyce’s journeying; in addition, many of the pieces utilize an American Indian-style pentatonicism to set the mood, even including some chanting and sled-dog yipping. The record is highlighted by the purring warmth of Daly’s baritone saxophone sound (she also plays some flute), readings of some of Joyce’s journal entries over vamps, and very solid rhythm section work by Mary Ann McSweeney and drummer Peter Grant.
1. THE ZIG ZAG QUARTET
Date: Monday, February 21, 2011
Venue: the University of the Streets (130 east 7th street. 2nd floor. NY)
A night of challanging Jazz featuring Hilliard Greene – double bass, Francisco Roldan – guitar, Alexander Wu – piano, and Danny Mallon – percussion.
2. Meredith Monk
Reviewed by Piruz Paltow
Many artists have made the connection of Persian and Flamenco music and Flamenco guitarist Mehran‘s, who’s last name is Jalili, latest effort proves to be another worthy one. The common formula of Spanish rhythms with Persian melodies has always been a great recipe and this well-produced recording was obviously well-thought during its creation. The apparent inspiration of this recording was the recent political activities in Iran and this recording honors the bravery of the citizens that stood up to the oppression of its current regime. With tasteful melodies and introspective Dark Side of the Moon-influenced introductions throughout the record, Mehran’s music transcends the standard world cross-over tag.
This recording features quality musicianship and heartfelt arrangements of each song. Some choice cuts are “Yare Dabestani” and “Ahriman” both well mixed with great guitar tone and percussion sounds that makes this recording worthy of a good listen and also stands as relaxing atmosphere music.
1.The Stumblebum Brass Band w. ORB MELLON, LOW SOCIETY (featuring Mandy Lemons & Sturgis Nikides)
The Stumblebums are an incendiary force on the New York City music scene. Even though the band has deep respect and admiration for the art of both Louis Armstrong and Nirvana; the Stumblebums reject nostalgia in favor of riotous spontaneity.
Interview by Jim Hoey – Photos by Marilyn Cvitanic ——————————This interview was conducted at TriBeCaStan’s West Side studio, with helicopters rising and falling along the riverside, and the three of us, John Kruth, Jeff Greene, and myself, surrounded by the instruments of their trade, culled from a lifetime of travel and exploration. Fresh from a sold-out CD release party at Joe’s Pub for their latest offering, 5 Star Cave, the two offered insight into how they go about re-imagining folk music from around the Middle East, Northern Africa, and other parts of the world. Based out of the crossroads of NYC, they have the advantage of hearing some of the traditional music they are inspired by pumping from cabs and bodegas, yet their embrace of the strange and foreign in music goes above and beyond mere curiosity or dabbling, and passes into the realm of living scholarship. Indeed, both have gone to the countries whose music they cherish, and have played with the masters, so they’ve got the authenticity down, and when you hear them grooving along with their top-notch Folklorkestra, you don’t doubt that what you’re hearing is the real thing.