Posts Tagged ‘Albany’

A Few More Minutes With… Roger Noyes of the Arch Stanton Quartet

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
Roger Noyes

Roger Noyes

CD Review and interview by J Hunter
Photograph by Rudy Lu

THE ARCH STANTON QUARTET
Blues for Soli
(WEPA Records)

In hindsight, I may have done the Arch Stanton Quartet a disservice by referring to their stripped-out underground sound as “garage-band jazz.” All us grey-haired rockers can wax poetic about garage bands like the Music Explosion, the Count Five and – my favorite – the Standells serving up two minutes-and-change of nasty, uncultured excellence… but the Electric Prunes and the Count Five never had a chance to experience sophomore slump because they dropped out after the first semester! Well, the Arch Stanton Quartet is back with Blues For Soli, and there are two bits of good news: First, no sophomore slump here; and second, Greater Nippertown’s musical ambassadors are STILL as nasty as they want to be!

It was their short-but-intense tour of Egypt in 2013 that helped birth the disc’s first four tracks (also known as the “Lady Egypt Suite”), and there’s a definite intensity to the opening track “Kofta.” The introduction has this swirling, almost drunken quality to it that makes you wonder, “How bad will this trip be?” Then drummer Steven Partyka hits this sweet groove straight out of Freddie Hubbard’s “Red Clay,” and the ASQ is serving up the funk their way; that involves mixing whip-tight guitar from Roger Noyes with open, almost snarling trumpet from Terry Gordon (who is SO on his game throughout this date), while bassist Chris Macchia bows a counter that evokes Frankenstein skanking down the street while sipping from a bottle of schnapps.

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LIVE: Bear Grass @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, 10/3/14

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

The Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany hosted an all-Local 518 triple-bill earlier this month as part of its continuing Eclectic Performances concert series.

Led by Katie Hammon, Bear Grass held down the headlining slot. In addition to Hammon, the band featured Ian White,
 Stephen Stanley, 
Tommy Krebs 
and August Sagehorn (the latter two formerly of Alta Mira).

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Festival Fever: Festival of the Dead @ Washington Avenue Armory on Saturday

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Festival of the Dead
Albany’s sixth annual Festival of the Dead takes over every inch of Albany’s Washington Avenue Armory on Saturday night (October 25). That’s right, the entire Armory, including the main floor arena, all four ballrooms, even the basement, will each be hauntingly decked out with different themes and different music to suit everyone’s entertainment needs.

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CRBN’s Blues Band Showdown @ the Fuller Roadhouse Grille on Saturday

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Blues Band ShowdownThe Capital Region Blues Network’s annual Blues Band Showdown will take place at the Fuller Roadhouse Grille in Albany at 7pm on Saturday (October 25).

The Blues Showdown pits four Local 518 blues bands against each other: Bent Rail Blues Band, Fade to Blues, JV & the Cutters and Sly Fox & the Hustlers. In addition, two acts will compete in the solo/duo category: Agape Blues Company and Leslie Barkman.

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LIVE: TriBeCaStan @ The Linda, 10/11/14

Monday, October 20th, 2014

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Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

If you want to set off one of my more epic rants, come at me with that old saw about “Smallbany” (“Oh, there’s NOTHING happening here…”), and then step back a few feet so you can watch me turn into the Tasmanian Devil without getting caught in the shock wave. It doesn’t take a lot of looking around to see the wealth of cultural goodness that’s coming to this area on a regular basis; I just wish more people had looked long enough to see TriBeCaStan was playing The Linda, because this eye-crossing music needs to be experienced.

“It’s great to be in Albania!” TriBeCaStan leader/multi-instrumentalist John Kruth enthused in a Borat-quality accent. Then he added drily, “We thought there might be more people in Albania…” The crowd may have been small, but their fervor for what this mammoth group dished out started big and grew exponentially. And I do mean mammoth, both in size and sound: A septet can put a pretty decent strain on The Linda’s limited stage space, and there were so many instruments and amplifiers stuffed onto that space, emcee Michael Eck had to play his opening solo-acoustic set on the floor in front of the stage. Mind you, most of those instruments were only played by two people – Kruth and his partner-in-madness Jeff Greene – but trust me, they all played a part in what I believe is a completely new genre: BIZARRO World Music!

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LIVE: Brett Dennen @ The Egg, 10/18/14

Monday, October 20th, 2014
Brett Dennon

Brett Dennon

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Pop singer-songwriter Brett Dennen went back to basics for his latest album, Smoke and Mirrors, so it was no surprise that the supporting tour, which made a stop at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre last weekend, was in the same vein – a solo acoustic concert. Accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, the red-head from northern California sported musical influences ranging from Paul Simon to Tom Petty to Neil Young, and the fans in the theater were enthusiastic, to say the least.

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LIVE: The John Pizzarelli Quartet @ the Massry Center, 9/27/14

Friday, October 17th, 2014

John Pizzarelli Quartet

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Jazz-pop singer-guitarist John Pizzarelli knows how to charm an audience, and he did just that last month when he brought his quartet to the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts for a concert, as well as a student workshop.

Back by his brother Martin Pizzarelli on stand-up bass along with drummer Kevin Kanner and pianist Konrad Paszkudzki, the fab seven-string guitarist romped through a big batch of American Songbook classics from “How High the Moon” to “Skylark,” from “Satin Doll” to “Route 66.”

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LIVE: Richard Thompson @ The Egg, 10/12/14

Thursday, October 16th, 2014
Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

Review by Erin Harkes
Photographs by Rudy Lu

I would never listen to Richard Thompson on Pandora or Spotify. I would probably end up being insulted by whomever they pick to be similar music. Because in my opinion, nothing compares to Richard Thompson.

As a professional musician, I never take a night off of work. No ‘vacation leave’ or ‘sick time’ when you’re self employed. But when Richard Thompson comes to town, I am there.

For his solo concert at The Egg last Saturday evening, he started softly with “Stony Ground” and “The Ghost of You Walks” before blasting us with “Valerie” in a manner that would make you think the concert was over – it was an encore caliber rendition. “Saving the Good Stuff For You” is one of his newer songs yet is reminiscent of a traditional Irish tune. It was my first time hearing it, and yet I was singing it to myself later that night.

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