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Ringing Dave King: The drummer talks about his new album, “I’ve Been Ringing You” PDF Print
Written by Pamela Espeland   
Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Dave King©John Whiting

Dave King played back-to-back CD release concerts at the Artists’ Quarter on Friday and Saturday (Oct. 19-20), had a tooth pulled on Sunday, and left Monday for London, the start of a nine-city European tour behind the new Bad Plus CD, Made Possible. Still, he found time on Sunday evening to talk by phone about I’ve Been Ringing You, his new album on Sunnyside.

King made Ringing You with pianist Bill Carrothers and bassist Billy Peterson. King and Carrothers have recorded together before (Shine Ball, 2007, and The Electric Bill, 2002), but King had never played a note with Peterson until the day they all convened at a Minneapolis church and laid down the new tracks.
Bop's Boswell: Robin D.G Kelley's Thelonious Monk Biography PDF Print
Written by Maxwell Chandler   
Saturday, 31 July 2010

Robin Kelley has written what, without any trace of hyperbole, can be called the definitive biography of Thelonious Monk (Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original, 2009). Stripping bare the many apocryphal stories which surrounded this eccentric genius, the reader is left with a compelling and accurate account of an important original. The following interview with Kelley tells the story of the biographer as well as his subject. 

MC: When did the idea to write a book on Monk come about, and how long after you had the idea did you start? 

RK: I've loved Monk's music since my teenage years.  My step-father at the time was a jazz musician and I was pretty much a self-taught piano player.  He introduced me to Monk, and with that a life-long fascination with the man and his sound.  I never thought I'd actually write anything about him until 1995, when I came down with some mysterious virus and had to be hospitalized over a weekend.  The shock of that experience made me think about my own mortality and what I really want to do before I expire, as it were.  I had already written two books about social movements in the U.S., inspired by critical political questions I and perhaps my generation were concerned about.  But in my hospital bed I asked myself, if I had one more book to write, something for me, what would it be?  Thelonious Monk.  So the seeds of the actually book go back fifteen years. 

Catching Up With Bill Berg, Drummer for Flim & the BB’s PDF Print
Written by Jeff Timbs   
Monday, 03 May 2010

Bill Berg

Following is an interview conducted recently with Bill Berg, the original drummer for the Flim & the BB’s. The former bandmates (Flim Johnson, Dick Oatts, and Billy Barber) were not available for this interview. 

Hi Bill, so what are you working on these days? 

Bill Berg: We're all busy working musicians. I've just been so busy with my music career, actually working on both coasts, so not much free time. 

Offering “Sounds With Love and Intention”: An Interview With Matt Wilson PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Friday, 26 March 2010

“It will swing, breath, align, collide, shout, whisper and will make you laugh, cry and be happy that you made it out to share the moment with us!” – Matt Wilson (on his upcoming gig at the Artists Quarter) 

Matt Wilson©Andrea Canter

He is frequently at the top of critics and listener’s polls for his exploits at the trapset, and his ensembles are among the most highly regarded in modern jazz. Matt Wilson is still in his 40s but his resume and accolades read like those of a wizened jazz titan. In addition to appearances with such luminaries as Dewey Redman, Janis Siegal, Cecil McBee, Fred Hersch, Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, Ravi Coltrane, Sheila Jordan, Lee Konitz, Rufus Reid, Joanne Brackeen, Denny Zeitlin, Myra Melford, Frank Kimbrough, Deana DeRose and Charlie Haden, Wilson’s leadership of his Quartet and Arts & Crafts ensemble have earned him many “rising star” and “drummer of the year” honors. A recent visit to the Artists’ Quarter in St. Paul with Arts & Crafts provided an opportunity to catch up with one the busiest and most prolific artists on the scene today. 

Talking with Evan Christopher PDF Print
Written by Pamela Espeland   
Friday, 19 March 2010

Evan Christopher©John Whiting

Think “clarinet” and “New Orleans” and a certain sound may come to mind: sweet, quavery, old-timey Dixieland. I once thought of the clarinet as an instrument that had seen its day in jazz, making rare appearances for color and nostalgia. And then I heard Evan Christopher play. 

During my first encounter with the Creole-style clarinetist, an impromptu set at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis in 2008, he stole the show from Irvin Mayfield, who usually keeps a pretty firm grasp on such things. I heard Christopher again at Chickie Wah Wah in New Orleans in March 2009, where he has a regular gig on Monday nights, and back at the Dakota in October, where he played for more than two hours to a packed house with no break. Each time I came away knowing I had heard something old and something new.  

Craig Taborn: Back Home With “Golden Valley Is Now” PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Saturday, 13 March 2010

Craig Taborn©Andrea Canter
The Dave King for Two Days weekend at the Walker Art Center (March 12-13) presents the percussion titan with seven projects, ranging from his decade-long associations with the Bad Plus and Happy Apple (which will combine briefly as The Bad Apple) to free improv ensemble Buffalo Collision, rock-ish band Gang Font, and two new bands, Golden Valley is Now and Dave King Trucking Company. It’s a reunion for Dave and cohorts, particularly an opportunity to play again with his Golden Valley childhood pals, Reid Anderson and Craig Taborn. Of course every time the Bad Plus comes to town, Dave and Reid are together on the band stand. More rare is the reunion with Taborn, whose infrequently active Junk Magic ensemble includes King. A veteran of tours with James Carter, Roscoe Mitchell and Tim Berne early in his career, now engaged in projects with Chris Potter’s Underground, William Parker and Gerald Cleaver, and an upcoming piano duo with Vijay Iyer, Craig returns “home” hot off a solo piano tour in Europe. It’s a welcome opportunity to catch up with one of the world’s leading voices in keyboard wizardry, and Downbeat Magazine’s 2009 Critics’ Poll top “Rising Star” on electric keyboards.

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Lizz Wright: "Freedom And Surrender" (Concord, 2015)
Written by Kevin O'Connor   


Another artist from the cover school is Lizz Wright, though that term is neither fair nor accurate with her latest recording, Freedom And Surrender.

Circular would be a good word to describe the career arc of Ms. Wright. She was signed by Verve Records in the early 2000’s during the late phases of the great Diana Krall fallout. Stylistically she couldn’t be more opposed. She went on to a modest career in Pop and R & B and is just now back in the jazz crossover realm at Concord Records.

She has clearly maintained her soulful sensibilities and jazz reverence. But along the way, she’s picked up an incredible knack for lyricism and a shrewd ear for collaboration. Guitarist and producer Larry Klein was a music and life partner for a late and crucial phase in Joni Mitchell’s narrative.  He’s all over this one, too:  Chief production, playing, songwriting and hand claps kept him pretty busy.

Nick Drake’s aching “River Man” is paid a nice tribute.  The best originals would have to be the title track and one called “You.” Although Gregory Porter is rapidly entering the venue of the overexposed, I’d rather hear him than the aforementioned Mr. McDonald on most anything. Wright and Porter team up on another original, “Right Where You Are.”  Straight ahead? Not really. But a beautiful diversion.

(Lizz Wright appears at the Dakota in Minneapolis, September 22-23;

John Pizzarelli: "Midnight McCartney" (Concord,2015)
Written by Kevin O'Connor   

Though most of us balk when we hear others say it, Jazz is predominately cover music. These two words are sure to start a bar fight with practitioners and fans in the know. In truth, the music is at its best when players offer unique improvisations of works composed by others.   When it comes to the beloved music of The Beatles, many jazzers tend to play it safe and go the pure cover route. This is certainly true of John Pizzarelli in his latest Midnight McCartney recording.

This is well-combed turf for Pizzarelli. He has been mining Nat King Cole, practically all of the pop standard lexicon, and The Beatles for most of his long recording career. As the title betrays, Midnight McCartney focuses on the cute Beatle’s solo output.  Most of the choices and renditions aren’t particularly inspired.  The singer-guitarist’s redemption lies in his takes on hits like “Let ‘Em  In.” But the rouser “Hi, Hi, Hi,” is noteworthy because it is drug reference-free thanks to its instrumental treatment.  It really sounds at home in the big band setting. There’s also a good version of the lesser-known “Heart of the Country.”

Condemnation, for me, must be reserved for a guest appearance from the over-exposed -since-the- 80’s Michael McDonald. The CD also contains a cover of the worst Christmas carol ever written: “Wonderful Christmas.” It should sell a gross or two.


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