Had a great show last week at Momo's -- an early one that's true, but we really felt good about the performance and how the songs came together. We even debuted a new original song called "The Wiggle" -- a studio recording of the tune will be released at some point, hopefully later this year. But the big recent news is that my friend Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus has just put up a review of Kinetic on his blog, Do The Math:
Eddy Hobizal, Kinetic. I've known Eddy for almost 20 years: we were very close when at NYU together. He taught me a lot! I never listened to Bud Powell until Eddy sat me down with "Cherokee" on Jazz Giant. Eddy is now one of the best jazz musicians in Austin, TX.
Kinetic is an odd-meter groove record with sophisticated chord progressions that have more to do with classical music than funk. "The Waiting Game" is almost Debussy-esque. Possible references include E.S.T., Jaga Jazzist, and Radiohead. The wide palette of textures includes marimba, guitar, both acoustic and electric bass, drums, percussion, and Eddy himself on piano, organ, rhodes, wurlitzer, and synthesizer.
Most of the music is by Eddy but there are three intriguing covers, "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," "Snooks (Progress Report)," and "Don't Give Up." Singers Erin Ivey and Tody Castillo contribute solid help on the Tears for Fears and the Gabriel. But my favorite cover is the rather ruthless takedown of "Snooks."
Thanks Ethan! I've been a fan of his and The Bad Plus ever since they came on the scene in I believe 2003 -- They played two excellent shows here in Austin over the years, one at Antone's back in '05, and just last year as part of the Austin Chamber Music Festival at Bates Recital Hall. Ethan continues to astound me with techniques I'm hearing him do on The Bad Plus recordings; I'm always looking forward to hearing what he's going to do next. We used to trade ideas all the time back at NYU, and just as he said I taught him about Bud Powell, he introduced me to Lennie Tristano and Paul Bley, two pianists that I still listen to and get inspired by. I'm going to write something about the newest album by TBP, Never Stop, very soon, but check out anything by these guys, or by Ethan himself, you won't be disappointed. And his blog, Do The Math, features interviews with famous jazz and classical musicians, plus reviews of music and news about his band, including audio samples. Definitely worth reading (and listening).