FIVE FIRSTS: Will Bernard of the Will Bernard Trio

June 8th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg
Will Bernard

Will Bernard

NAME: Will Bernard
BAND AFFILIATION: The Will Bernard Trio

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The first album I ever bought was a classical music record – Schubert piano trios. I still love that record. The second record was Meet the Beatles… that changed my life as well!

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LIVE: Eastbound Jesus @ the Parish Public House, 12/6/14

January 6th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Last year at the end of January/beginning of February last year, Greenwich “Northern Rock” band Eastbound Jesus stormed into Red Square in Albany to record their debut live album over the course of a weekend – 40 songs in all over the course of the two nights.

Over the next several months, the band pared ’em down to 14 selections and pressed ’em up as Ruff Stuff ‘Nuff Said – a whoopin’ live album, unadorned, unsweetened and without any overdubs.

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LIVE: Consider the Source / Mister F @ the Parish Public House, 10/31/14

November 21st, 2014, 1:00 pm by Greg
Consider The Source

Consider the Source

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

There’s always a big batch of entertainment options on Halloween, but the Parish Public House in Albany presented wild double bill that was quite worthy of your attendance.

It was a night of tricks and treats, and Consider the Source – purveyors of their patented “Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion” sound – served up a bonus treat as they celebrated the release of their new EP, World War Trio, Part I, featuring the six-part suite, “Put Another Rock in That Bag.” Yeah, that’s a Halloween trick, to be sure…

Not only that, but they churned it all out while dressed as those mischievous little Droogies from “A Clockwork Orange.”

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LIVE: Mikaela Davis @ the Parish Public House, 10/9/14

November 11th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
Mikaela Davis

Mikaela Davis

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Timothy Reidy

If you’re looking for something completely different, please check out the marvelous Mikaela Davis the next time she comes to town. After impressively strong opening sets by Olivia Quillio and Bear Grass, Davis made a dazzling return to the Parish Public House last month. It was her second time there (though it was known as Red Square when she played back in March), and she had previously played at the now defunct Valentine’s Music Hall back in 2011.

Rochester native Davis sings and plays the classical harp. Of course, she’s not the only harpist around playing in a non-classical setting – let’s not forget the harp duo Harptallica, for instance – but Davis plays her harp in service of her own original indie-pop songs, and at PPH in support of her new EP, Fortune Teller, she was particularly sparkling.

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LIVE: The Arch Stanton Quartet @ the Parish Public House, 10/25/14

November 5th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
James Ketterer, Chris Macchia, Roger Noyes and Steve Partyka

James Ketterer, Chris Macchia, Roger Noyes and Steve Partyka

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Rudy Lu

I was sitting at the bar of the Parish Public House, sipping a club soda and waiting for the Arch Stanton Quartet to come on, when I said to myself, “This is a weird place for a drop party!” I mean, sure, jazz acts have played the Public House – and its previous incarnation, Red Square – before, and the club’s recent NOLA-flavored reboot makes it more conducive to the genre. But it’s fair to say that this congenial downtown space is not on “the circuit” of places Greater Nippertown jazz fans frequent on a regular basis.

And that’s when it hit me that the Parish Public House was the perfect site for a drop party… for the Arch Stanton Quartet. Of the many things I like about the ASQ, their willingness (indeed, their determination) to play outside the box is right up front. Put simply, nobody else in the region sounds like this group, and they’ve worked at that with the dedication of a pack of Corgi puppies chasing a bouncing ball down a narrow hallway. Therefore, why should they give even a smidge of that vibe up in exchange for what might be considered “cred” by people who won’t make the trek outside their comfort zone?

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

October 21st, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg
Roger Noyes

Roger Noyes

CD Review and interview by J Hunter
Photograph by Rudy Lu

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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