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LIVE: Howard Fishman Quintet @ Caffe Lena, 10/3/15

Friday, October 16th, 2015
Scott Barkan, Howard Fishman, Andrae Murchison and Andy Cotton

Scott Barkan, Howard Fishman, Andrae Murchison and Andy Cotton

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

The Basement Tapes are a series of recordings made in 1967 after Bob Dylan had gone on tour with what was to become the Band and was convalescing in Woodstock. The series of recordings are considered legendary and a turning point in the history of rock, as Dylan turned away from the increasingly serious and complex explorational tendencies of the music of the time to focus on the basic and traditional origins of the music that has now been labeled as Americana.

This was documented in a book by well known author Greil Marcus titled “The Old Weird America.”

The celebration of the music can either be celebrated reverentially and academically by reproducing the songs note for note, or simply in the spirit of good friends recording casual music. Howard Fishman and his band chose the latter during their recent two-night stand at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs.

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Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Howard Fishman

Howard Fishman


Critically acclaimed Brooklyn singer-songwriter Howard Fishman is certainly an ambitious guy. During the course of his impressive musical career, he’s racked up a big batch of rave coast-to-coast reviews from The New York Times (“transcends time and idiom”) to The Los Angeles Times (“At a time when performers in virtually every genre are trying to stretch their stylistic boundaries, Fishman refuses to acknowledge that boundaries exist”).

He’s written “We Are Destroyed,” a jazz opera about the Donner Party (performed at Joe’s Pub in New York City, the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago and the Pasadena Playhouse in California) and delved deep into the Big Pink collaborations of Bob Dylan and the Band (“The Basement Tapes Project”).

Then in 2010, the omnivorous music master outdid himself with the simultaneous release of three CDs that each headed off in different directions – both sonically and musically.

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Five Firsts: Howard Fishman

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Howard Fishman

Howard Fishman

NAME: Howard Fishman
INSTRUMENT: Guitar, vocals, piano, banjo

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “Burning Down the House” by Talking Heads. Haven’t heard that record in years. Might be time to break it out…

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Neil Sedaka. My parents took me and my brother when we were kids. I was too young to remember much, but his ’70s “comeback” albums are printed in my musical consciousness in indelible ink. “Love Will Keep Us Together,” “Laughter in the Rain” … classic stuff.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … Piano. We had a baby grand in the house where I grew up, and when I was really small, I’d watch old sci-fi and monster movies on TV, and then go play the mood on the piano. Lots of bass notes and atonal stuff. Maybe I should be doing soundtracks?

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Live: Howard Fishman & His Orchestra @ Club Helsinki Hudson, 10/29/10

Monday, November 1st, 2010

A regular at the old Club Helsinki in Great Barrington, acclaimed singer-songwriter Howard Fishman set himself up with a near impossible task on Friday night for his debut at the new, much more spacious club in Hudson.

On Tuesday, he had simultaneously released three very different CDs, and Friday’s show was his first attempt at showcasing all three of them in a single concert. Ambitious? Oh yeah, but he very nearly pulled it off.

Fishman is an omnivorous musician. With “Better Get Right,” he puts his own unique spin on the brass band music of New Orleans. “No Further Instructions,” on the other, is based on his month-long tour of Romania, Ukraine and Hungary. And, finally, “The World Will Be Different” is a musically spare, emotionally raw singer-songwriter album chronicling the breakdown of a love affair in Brooklyn.

Three very different styles of music. Three radically different geographic locales. Three different moods.

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CD: Howard Fishman’s “Better Get Right”; “No Further Instructions”; “The World Will Be Different”

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Howard Fishman: Better Get Right(Monkey Farm Records, 2010):

Howard Fishman is a tireless and oh-so-restless musician.

During the course of his impressive musical career, he’s racked up a big batch of rave coast-to-coast reviews from The New York Times (“transcends time and idiom”) to The Los Angeles Times (“At a time when performers in virtually every genre are trying to stretch their stylistic boundaries, Fishman refuses to acknowledge that boundaries exist”).

He’s written “We Are Destroyed,” a jazz opera about the Donner Party (performed at Joe’s Pub in New York City, the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago and the Pasadena Playhouse in California) and delved deep into the Big Pink collaborations of Bob Dylan and the Band (“The Basement Tapes Project”).

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