A performance by Giacomo Gates is always a laid back evening of true hipness. His recent performance at Kingston’s Senate Garage was no different.
Even though his usual musicians weren’t backing him up, the veteran trio that supported him had all played with him before although for some, it had been more than 20 years!
The trio – led by bassist Don Miller with Larry Ham on piano and Thomas Xiques on drums – easily blended into Giacomo’s wry, hip, swinging vocals, the lyrics liberally sprinkled with his famous scat singing.
Just so you know where our ears have been at, here’s a rundown of what we’ve been spinning at Nippertown HQ (and in the Nippermobile) this past week – CDs, vinyl, streaming and maybe even a cassette or two:
Fats Waller: Fats Waller & His Rhythm: If You Got to Ask, You Ain’t Got It (Bluebird/Legacy, 2006) Bruce Langhorne: “The Hired Hand:” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Scissor Tail, 2015) Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan: Small Town (ECM, 2017) Gruppo Sportivo: 10 Mistakes + 5 More (Sony, 2012) Robert Palmer: Riptide (Island, 1985) Gene Harris & the Three Sounds: Elegant Soul (Blue Note, 1969) Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm: A Black Man’s Soul (Pompeii, 1969) Baby Huey: The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend (Curtom, 1971) In This Moment: Black Widow (Atlantic, 2014) Turtle Island String Quartet: On the Town (Windham Hill Jazz, 1991) Overcoats: Young (Arts & Crafts, 2017) Charly Bliss: Guppy (Barsuk, 2017)
Working in the dual role of artist and historian, Ghani describes the project as “centered around five unfinished Afghan feature films shot, but never edited, between 1978 and 1992: years that encompass the Afghan Communist coup d’état, attempted reforms that met bitter rural resistance, a series of internal purges and assassinations, the Soviet invasion and withdrawal, a five-year attempt at national reconciliation, the handover of power to a mujahidin coalition, and finally dissolution into civil war.
“From the unfinished films commissioned, produced and canceled by various iterations of the Afghan state, in various moments of the Afghan Communist project, we can reconstruct not the truths, precisely, of how the state existed and acted in those moments, but rather its most important fictions: its desires and fears, ambitions and ghosts. In the imaginary presented by most finished films of the period, we see the ideal People’s Democratic Republic that could have been, but wasn’t; in the unfinished films, the reality–a utopian project secured by violent force–lingers like a shadow, just barely concealed behind allegories and codes. The world around the films, where filmmaking itself was a dangerous enterprise, seeps into the world onscreen.”
Now it appears that Sting’s tour in support of his latest album 57th & 9th, will also be making a stop at Tanglewood in Lenox at 8pm on Tuesday, August 29. It’s the only tour of the summer – so far – that will be playing at both of Greater Nippertown’s largest outdoor venues.
MUSIC: Melissa Etheridge @ the Academy of Music, Northampton. Following her knock-out show at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, the powerhouse singer-songwriter is back in Greater Nippertown. 7:30pm. $66.50, $76.50 & $86.50.
MUSIC: Mipso @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. Chapel Hill indie string band in support of their new album Coming Down the Mountain. With Avi Jacob. 7pm. $18.
FILM: Mariam Ghani @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy.
Mariam Ghani introduces several films from the Afghan Film Archive — the state film institute based in Kabul, Afghanistan — as part of her ongoing research project What We Left Unfinished. The New York-based artist will also screen her own in-progress film, which explores five unfinished feature films that were made between 1978-1991, during the years of Afghan Communism. 7pm. $6.
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