Matt Booth’s Palindromes – 1.13.15 – Thunderbird Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA

Ben Opie – alto sax
John Petrucelli – tenor sax
Matt Booth – bass
Jeff Grubbs – bass
Dave Throckmorton – drums

Matt Booth
brought another incredible version of his jazz project Palindromes to the Thunderbird last night as part of the weekly Space Exchange series. Some of the more intriguing Space Exchange nights in recent memory have been Booth’s due largely to the revolving cast of Pittsburgh’s finest jazz musicians that he invites to be part of his group. Last night’s lineup consisted of two saxes, two basses, and a drummer.

There have been very few occasions when I’ve seen two bass players in a band, so I made sure to clear my schedule for this one. I sort of assumed that one of the basses would have been an electric and the other an acoustic upright. Booth and Jeff Grubbs, however, both played upright acoustic basses with each player utilizing a bow at various points in the set. There is something about a group of people making music with basically just wood and metal that is just so human and raw and awesome.

palindromes_1.13Booth’s quintet delivered two sets that included compositions by Ornette Coleman, Paul Motian, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane among others. The music was exploratory and captivating. The first set seemed slightly more composed overall whereas the second seemed slightly more free and adventurous. I’m not a huge fan of the more extreme and chaotic side of the free/avant jazz world. But I really enjoyed the place where these guys took the music last night. It was easy to get lost in sound which to me is a wonderful thing on a cold Tuesday night in Pittsburgh. I’d love to see this group play again and I know I’m not alone.


Record Scores – 6.2.13 – Pt. 3

I’m still going through the records that I bought a few weeks ago.  In fact, at this rate, it’s going to take me a little while to get through them.  Maybe if I had a record player in my car, I could actually listen to them.  Maybe I just spend way too much time in a car.  Here is my third, and possibly last, post featuring a few more of these LP’s that have actually made it to my turntable.

Bob Moses
Bittersuite In The Ozone
Mozown – 1975

John Coltrane
Live At The Village Vanguard Again
Impulse! – 1966

Cannonball Adderley
The Black Messiah
Capitol – 1972

Dewey Redman
The Ear of the Behearer
Impulse! – 1973

Freddy Robinson
Black Fox (The Coming of Atlantis)
World Pacific Jazz – 1969

lateefYusef Lateef
Eastern Sounds
Prestige – 1961

George Muribus
Brazilian Tapestry
Catalyst – 1976

Medeski Martin & Wood – “It’s A Jungle In Here” – 1993

On Friday afternoon I had some time to kill, which is rare, and I found Medeski Martin & Wood‘s 1993 CD, It’s A Jungle In Here, in a discount bin at a used book store for $2. I’ve never owned a copy of this and actually had never heard it, although I’m familiar with most of these tunes from live performances.

This video is of MMW’s take on Coltrane’s “Syeeda’s Song Flute”. Here is a video of the original from Coltane’s Giant Steps.