Monthly Archives: June 2014

Live, solo, at CHoGA 145 Bleeker St.

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of joining host and hostess, Ed and Greta Tristram, for their Songs of Greenwich Village series. Once a month they have an open mic and then 3 feature performer sets about 25 minutes apiece. Sean Daly and Peter Galperin also played and they were great! Songs of Greenwich Village next show is July 3rd be sure to check it out!!
I’ve been playing solo gigs and open mics for years but this Thursday I had a mind-blowing rehearsal with James Beaudreau on lead guitar, Ben Kraus on bass and (new edition) Rich Drouin on drums. I have never played with a drummer for more than one or two songs so this was quite an experience. Cohesive energy. Sharing time. It just brought the sounds of ‘At The Start…At Long Last…’ together. But just so the solo thing is not forgotten, check it out:



Spiritual Resonance

So much important art has been created in the name of the lord (by commission or inspiration), so much important music has been made in the name of the lord (by commission or inspiration) so many people have been moved by the name of the lord that, though I have no allegiance to religion in general, the creations as a result of religion (be it commission or inspiration) yield results. Recently my friend/producer James Beaudreau posted on his excellent site a Donny Hathaway album which actually brought me to religion. True Soul Music. Now those who have been following the thread know that I’ve fallen in love with the gospel of the Tompkins Square release of Nashboro,”I Hear The Angels Singing’. Hathaway, for me, brings jazz, blues and gospel together in such a balanced, even way that he belongs in the company of James Brown, for soul and Marvin Gaye for social, political content. As a collector I find my collection has been sorely lacking Donny Hathaway. Via Great Recordings I give you “Everything is Everything”