Multi-Talented Chris Brubeck Leads the Brubeck Brothers Quartet into Town, 8/5/11

August 4th, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg
Chris Brubeck

Chris Brubeck

Back in June when Nippertown last saw ebullient multi-instrumentalist Chris Brubeck, he and his cohorts in Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play – guitarist/vocalist/Skidmore’s Dean of Music Joel Brown and harp player/percussionist/all-around madman Peter Madcat Ruth – were making the Zankel Music Center dance with a little help from Joel’s father Frank Brown (who’s a hell of a clarinet player) and a very distinguished older gentleman named Dave Brubeck.

The younger Brubeck will be back in Nippertown on Friday, when the Brubeck Brothers Quartet warms up for the Newport Jazz Festival with a gig at Gallagher’s Banquet Hall in Cairo. Brubeck was gracious enough to provide the following interview:

You play piano, fretless bass and bass trombone – all with equal amounts of dexterity and creativity. Which instrument did you gravitate to first, and how did the others come into your life?

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CD: Captain Squeeze & the Zydeco Moshers’ “Fine People Everywhere”

March 4th, 2011, 1:30 pm by Greg

Fine People Everywhere(GSM Records, 2010):

It’s Mardi Gras weekend!

And if you want a bit of homegrown, Louisiana-flavored soundtrack to fuel your revelry, this – the fifth album in a dozen years from Nippertown’s premier zydeco combo, Captain Squeeze & the Zydeco Moshers – is a fine place to start.

The album starts out with “Aura du Bayou,” a brief, atmospheric bayou blues wail featuring Ryan Dunham’s howling harmonica and the slippery slide guitar of James Rissacher. But soon enough accordionist Greg “Captain Squeeze” Speck and his son Alex Speck on frottoir are whipping up their high-energy two-stepping Louisiana groove.

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