Posts Tagged ‘Andrzej Pilarczyk’

LIVE: The Edgar Winter Band @ Alive at Five, 7/23/15

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
Edgar Winter

Edgar Winter

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Stanley Johnson

Texas blues-rocker/multi-instrumentalist Edgar Winter brought his current band – guitarist Doug Rappoport, bassist Koko Powell and drummer Jason Carpenter – to town for a free Alive at Five concert last week – exactly 12 years after playing a free concert at the Empire State Plaza…

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LIVE: Kim Waters @ Empire State Plaza, 7/8/15

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
Kim Waters

Kim Waters

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

WHO: Kim Waters
WITH: Alex Bugnon and the Jazzy Four
WHEN: 5pm Wednesday, July 8, 2015
WHERE: The Empire State Plaza, State Street, Albany
UPCOMING: The Black Arts & Cultural Festival at the Empire State Plaza from 12noon-7pm on Saturday, August 1 featuring headliner Will Downing, the Prince of Sophisticated Soul. Admission is free.

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LIVE: Solid Sound @ MASS MoCA, 6/27/15 (Day Two)

Monday, July 13th, 2015
Wilco's Glen Kotche

Wilco’s Glen Kotche

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Rudy Lu, Andrzej Pilarczyk, Richard Brody

Somwehere in the middle of their headlining set on Saturday night, Wilco played “Sunken Treasure,” and bandleader Jeff Tweedy sang, “Music is my savior, and I was maimed by rock and roll/I was tamed by rock and roll/I got my name from rock and roll.” And the crowd out in Joe’s Field let out a mighty roar of appreciation.

Yes, Solid Sound was back at MASS MoCA. The fourth incarnation of the Wilco-curated festival – now a biennial affair – took over the sprawling MASS MoCA campus for three days, holding forth at four different performance locations, as well several of the museum’s galleries. And while rock and roll (in its broadest definition) was the focus, Saturday’s 12-hour line-up stretched from the hushed folk of Jessica Pratt (perhaps a bit too intimate for a festival setting) to the hip-hop of Shabazz Palaces, from the electro-funk of Cibo Matto to John Hodgman’s comedy revue.

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LIVE: David Crosby @ The Egg, 6/30/15

Friday, July 10th, 2015

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Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

No Stills…
No Nash…
No Young…
Crosby goes it alone.

After a half century of standing on stage shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the most talented musicians of the rock era – both in the Byrds and in Crosby, Stills & Nash (and sometimes Young) – it took a certain amount of courage to take the spotlight all alone with just an acoustic guitar, as David Crosby did at the sold-out The Egg’s Hart Theatre on a recent Tuesday night.

But over the years, Crosby has endured drug and alcohol abuse, Hepatitis C, Type 2 Diabetes, a liver transplant, numerous arrests and a nine-month stint in a Texas state prison. He’s nothing if not a survivor, and he managed just fine by himself at The Egg. And though it seems nearly impossible considering what he’s put his body through, his voice sounds nearly as good as it did 40 or 50 years ago – warm and vital, sometimes keening, always inviting. At 73, he’s still quite capable of hitting the high notes, although his vocals did waver a bit at times.

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LIVE: The John Pizzarelli Quartet @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, 6/13/15

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Jazz-pop guitarist-vocalist John Pizzarelli and his band – drummer Kevin Kanner, bassist Martin Pizzarelli and pianist Konrad Paszkudzki – took the stage of the the Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College last month, playing the centerpiece concert for the annual and, at least in this format, final SaratogaArtsFest.

If you missed him, you’ll have another chance next month, when Pizzarelli, his band and his wife Jessica Molasky step into the spotlight at Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall in Lenox for a live taping of their syndicated radio show “Radio Deluxe” at 4pm on Sunday, August 23. Ticket prices range from $19-$64.

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LIVE: Paul Weller @ Upstate Concert Hall, 6/14/15

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

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Review by Steven Stock with Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

There was much to admire about Paul Weller’s passionate performance at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park Sunday night, starting with the 57-year old rocker’s refusal to trade in nostalgia. The first fifteen years of his career with the Jam and the Style Council weren’t even acknowledged in a set largely derived from Weller’s superb new record Saturns Pattern. The show had a nice flow, with churning rockers like opener “White Sky” and the propulsive “From the Floorboards Up” interspersed with lovely ballads like “You Do Something to Me” and the virtual vaudeville of “Brand New Toy.”

Guitarist Steve Cradock used his Gibson to play stinging, pungent solos throughout the 100-minute set. Songs such as “7&3 is the Striker’s Name” and “Peacock Suit” displayed Weller’s facility for writing insidiously catchy little guitar riffs — earworms, if you will. Weller contributed additional guitar or keyboards to each song, enabling the six-piece band to generate an impressive (if not quite Spectorian) wall of sound.

While the Jam’s catalog wasn’t tapped, Weller did revisit select highlights from his subsequent solo career, reaching as far back as 1992’s eponymous Paul Weller and touching on Stanley Road, Heavy Soul, As Is Now, Wake up the Nation and Sonik Kicks. Weller’s not been one to repeat himself, but these records share a certain allegiance to classic rock values – as you might expect from someone who’s named three of his seven kids Bowie, Dylan and John Paul (we’re still waiting for George Ringo).

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LIVE: Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion @ The Egg, 6/16/15

Thursday, June 18th, 2015
Ginger Baker

Ginger Baker

Review by Brett Williams
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Once, in days of yore, Peter Edward “Ginger” Baker was the tall, gaunt, fire–maned maniac who provided the rhythmic backbone to Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton in Cream. His style, brewed of equal parts feverish aggression and jazz–oriented precision, earned him a reputation as a drummer that has only ever been exceeded, arguably, by his reputation for drug use on a Keith Richards kind of scale, and for his legendarily nuclear blow-ups with band-mate Jack Bruce.

That was Ginger Baker then.

Ginger Baker now is a haggard, bespectacled septuagenarian. His distinctive red hair is a (mostly) tame shock of white. He has a degenerative spinal condition. He has COPD from a decade’s long, unrepentant smoking habit. He admits to being exhausted and in pain after every performance. My companion for the show, a drummer and ER nurse, spent most of the second set alternately admiring Ginger’s flam technique, and reviewing CPR in his head, just in case Mr. Baker was stricken mid-song (and it seemed a close-run thing whenever he stood up).

Yet two things about Ginger Baker remain undiminished. First – although it was never really on display Tuesday night – he remains, by nearly all accounts, a grumpy, grumpy man (he did tell us to shut up once, for applauding too much). Second – and this is the important one – he can still drum.

God, can he drum.

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LIVE: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit @ The Egg, 5/22/15

Monday, June 15th, 2015
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Memorial Day is more than just an extra day off from work or an afternoon to fire up the grill and welcome summer…

Kicking off the big Memorial Day weekend at The Egg’s Hart Theatre, singer-songwriter Jason Isbell honored those who have served in our armed forces with a terrific triptych of tunes early on in his two-hour show. With his solid but unobtrusive four-piece backing band, the 400 Unit, slamming into arena-rock assault mode, Isbell launched into the delicate balance of honor and hostility in “Decoration Day” from his days with the Drive By Truckers, digging in and turning up the heat with a fiery slide guitar solo. “Tour of Duty” showcased the country twang aspect of the band, while “Dress Blues” was a personal and anguished remembrance of a young soldier and father-to-be, who didn’t live to see his 22nd birthday. “There’s red, white and blue in the rafters/And there’s silent old men from the Corps/What did they say when they shipped you away/To fight somebody’s Hollywood war?”

Perhaps Isbell plays those songs every night when he’s out on tour, but they echoed and ached with a deeper resonance on this night.

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