Posts Tagged ‘Sex Mob’

Sexmob Adds Unusual Jazz Twist to 1925 Silent Film “Maciste in Hell” [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
Sex Mob brings jazz and special effects to a classic silent film at Mass MoCA’s Club B-10  on April 4

Sexmob brings jazz and special effects to a classic silent film at MASS MoCA’s Club B-10

At MASS MoCA in North Adams on Saturday night (April 4), the propulsive quartet Sexmob, which combines mind-blowing jazz chops with a highly developed sense of wit and mischief, performs its brand-new original score to Maciste in Hell, the seminal work of the Italian silent era. The great Bartolomeo Pagano stars as Maciste, a Herculean strongman whose physical prowess and matching virtue are tested when the Devil and his minions capture him and drag him to hell. Fellini cites the film as one that inspired him to lead a life in cinema.

Originally formed as a vehicle for Steven Bernstein (most notable for his work as the trumpeter for Levon Helm from 2004 to 2012) and his slide trumpet, Sexmob quickly evolved to serve a much nobler purpose. Immediately after Bernstein assembled his band (Steven Bernstein, slide trumpet; Briggan Krauss, alto sax; Tony Scherr, bass; Kenny Wollesen, drums), they began a residency at the Knitting Factory in Manhattan, largely playing Bernstein’s original songs. During a special evening of film music, however, the audience went crazy for the James Bond theme. Bernstein and his band realized that audiences engage more with music they recognize, and Sexmob’s legacy would be forever changed.

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LIVE: Jazz at the Lake @ Lake George High School Auditorium, 9/13/14 (Day One)
A Few (More) Minutes With… Steven Bernstein
A Few Minutes With… Steven Bernstein of the Millennial Territory Orchestra


JAZZ 2K: CD Releases of the Month

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Reviews by J Hunter

EDITOR’S NOTE: J Hunter’ Jazz2K columns are leaping off your computer screen and onto the airwaves with his new “Jazz2K” radio show, heard weekly on Skidmore College’s WSPN-FM at 6pm on Tuesdays… including tonight.

Now that you get to hear this stuff as well as read about it, here are five discs that I’ve played before or will be playing soon:

Terence Blanchard: MagneticTERENCE BLANCHARD
(Blue Note)
He’s baaaaaaaaak! Skidmore’s favorite visiting scholar (and all-around monster musician) releases his first disc in four years, and from the sound of it, the trumpeter hasn’t been hanging about. The first notes of the title track bubble and squeak with the dark energy Blanchard’s been pumping out since he made writing soundtracks a secondary occupation. Tenorman Brice Winston makes a triumphant return to Blanchard’s front line, and his work on the bouncing closer “Time to Spare” and the aptly titled “Hallucinations” is like hearing an old friend walk through the door. Winston’s not doing all the saxy work, though, as Blanchard fulfills his wish to play with Ravi Coltrane on “Don’t Run” and Fabian Almazan’s classical gas “Pet Sitter’s Theme Song.” Almazan has not only grown into the piano chair once populated by Aaron Parks, but he may soon be another graduate of the Terence Blanchard School for Genius Musicians, taking his place next to cutting-edge alums like Parks, Lionel Loueke and Eric Harland. (Loueke’s ghostly guitar returns to spice up – and space out – “Pet Sitter” and Kendrick Scott’s drum opus “No Borders, Just Horizons.”) Almazan’s brilliant “Jacob’s Ladder” not only gives Blanchard a platform to shine as in days of old, but it gives guest bassist Ron Carter the best outlet he’s had to get phat in some time. With Blanchard, it’s always the whole and the sum of its parts, and Magnetic is another brilliant calculation that leaps off the blackboard and moves jazz forward once again. NOTE: The Terence Blanchard Group makes a tour stop at Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall in Lenox at 8pm on Friday (June 28), making the concert the perfect warm-up for this weekend’s Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC.


LIVE: Sex Mob @ Club Helsinki, 10/7/11

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Set lists are for pussies. I have no idea what songs Steven Bernstein played at Club Helsinki for his big birthday show with Sex Mob. I do know he made the slide trumpet his patent bitch. Few people own a slide trumpet, much less have a clue what it is – and Bernstein owns it. What is that thing anyway? A shrink-ray trombone? A kazoo on steroids? When Bernstein blows it into an old Green Bullet tacked onto a tweed Fender, it’s the voice of Yahweh, the call of Cthulhu and mighty storm, Allahu Akbar.

Paired with special guest Roswell Rudd’s actual ‘bone (he’s got a bigger one!), Bernstein’s axe becomes a dragon slayer. When the two cut loose on “Slide Serenade” (OK, so I know some of the songs), it was an exercise in funk, jazz delerium and High Holy Days ecstasy. It was also an experiment in space.


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