Interview with Tiempo Libre’s Jorge Gomez, musical director and pianist, and Leandro Gonzalez, percussionist, with the Grammy-Nominated Cuban ensemble performing at the Ordway Theater on November 20th.
NYC Pianist Pete Malinverni phoned in to talk about his music and his new CD, A Beatriful Thing. I also played new music from Bob Mintzer, Cyrus Chestnut, Andy Farber,Carolyn Leonhart, and Louis Hayes. Classic tunes included music from Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, Art Van Damme, and Charles Mingus.
11/18 in a nutshell…
Owen Grey Mashes It, and The Skatalites Can’t Sit Down. Raymond Harper goes on a Safari aboard the Sloop John B, Bunny Skitter catch their Chauffeur driving drunk, and Lynn Hope is, simply, Shocking… and that’s just the opening oldies set! Both Freetime and Mr. Funn have new stuff from the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, and that other Tokyo act, Jihen, chime in with one of their album Sports’s cutest songs ever, Utten Kekkou, just after Steve Turre’s epic The Emperor. Island Records were responsible for this week’s 4(+1)@4, and we had 2 Lollipops this week, and the Lolli takes next week off. Listen on the archives, and see ya at The Dropsteppers’ show at the Hex on Friday! edit: there was no Dropsteppers show at the Hex on Friday… 2 shows were scheduled for the same stage on the same night, and the ‘Steppers lost out to the guy who wrote the Friends theme… Oh, well! Mr. Solem and his band put on a good, tight pop set, by the way.