It's all about the timing, right? Definitely was last week on June 2nd -- two events happened on the same day, both great in their own way, one in my personal life, one in my musical life; in this case, the personal was way more amazing than anything else going on, musically or otherwise. That is: the birth of my second son, Sawyer James Hobizal! Here is the little masterwork, weighing in at 8 pounds and 12 ounces, big boy:
On the same day, I received notice a review of Kinetic in the Austin Chronicle was published in their June 2nd edition -- weird huh? It was a great review, four stars which supposedly doesn't happen very often. Here's a reprint of the review, written by Jay Trachtenberg:
From the moment opener "Twin Stars" begins with marimba and then drops in drum beats that could've come off Radiohead's new release, it's safe to say this isn't going to be your standard jazz album. This ever-tasteful and often elegant Austin pianist isn't doing something entirely new, but the formula of Hobizal out front with double drummers David Hobizal and Kyle Thompson propelling the band amidst a swirling mixture of rock, funk, hip-hop, and even jazz rhythms makes Kinetic genuinely compelling throughout. Originals such as the organ-driven "Engine of Ingenuity," "Prometheus," and the lovely solo turn "Dedalus" make up the bulk of the album, though beguiling covers of Elbow, Tears for Fears, and Peter Gabriel, the latter two featuring vocals by Erin Ivey and Tody Castillo, provide nice touchstones. Kinetic, fresh, adventurous, and substantive.
Thanks Jay! We're gearing up for our next show at Momo's on July 7th, I'll be posting about that soon. And more shows are in the works, stay tuned.