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LIVE: Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play @ Skidmore’s Zankel Music Center, 6/10/11

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
Chris Brubeck

Chris Brubeck

Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play don’t do a show, per se. What they do is they play music, have way too much fun doing it, and you get to watch. These guys really dig playing with each other, and the resulting sense of unbridled joy took the anchor event of Saratoga ArtsFest to a really special place. The good-time vibe was accented by the fact that this was a homecoming of sorts: Triple Play recorded their first disc at Skidmore; Brubeck has done a stint as a visiting professor; and guitarist Joel Brown just happens to be Dean of Skidmore’s music department. The trees on the other side of Zankel’s wonderwall of glass added a lovely environmental element that blended perfectly with Triple Play’s distinctive brand of “roots music.”

Old School Brubeck fans perked up immediately as the trio opened with the semi-ragtime sounds of “Polly,” but jazz is only part of Triple Play’s attack. The too-funked-up-for-words original “New Stew (Opus 2)” is a foot-tapping country-blues breakdown of King Curtis’ “Memphis Soul Stew”, and while their take on Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads” may have Cream’s hard-charging tempo, but Brown’s guitar and Peter Madcat Ruth’s harmonica brought the piece most of the way back to the original.

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Chris Brubeck, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
Chris Brubeck

Chris Brubeck

“I remember the first record that I heard that made me think that rock ‘n’ roll wasn’t just really stupid. All the songs had those same three chords back then, but then I heard ‘Surfin’ USA,’ and I thought, ‘A-ha, the vocabulary is widening.’ Now everyone looks back at Brian Wilson as sort of a pop Debussy, and that stuff really holds up. Those early Beach Boys harmonies were very appealing to me.

But to my embarrassment, I think the first album I bought was ‘Can’t Stop Twisting’ by the Adventurers. For some reason, I remember that. It was four guys that kind of looked like the Temptations. Or maybe they had a hit single or something, and I saw the record and bought it. I don’t know. It just seemed appealing to me at the time.”

Bassist-trombonist-pianist-vocalist Chris Brubeck joins his bandmates in Triple Play (harmonicat Peter Madcat Ruth and guitarist Joel Brown) for a concert at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center at 8:15pm on Friday as part of the Saratoga ArtsFest. In the spirit of the upcoming Father’s Day, the trio will be joined by Brown’s dad, jazz clarinetist Frank Brown, and Brubeck’s dad, the jazz piano legend Dave Brubeck. Yes, the Dave Brubeck. Tix are $5 with a Saratoga ArtsFest pass; and $45 without.

LIVE: Triple Play @ Union College, 1/27/10

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Triple Play

Triple Play


Triple Play – a superb trio of Latin jazz veterans comprised of Bill O’Connell on piano, Dave Valentin on flute and Richie Flores on percussion – performed in the Emerson Auditorium at Union College’s Taylor Music Center in Schenectady twice on Wednesday.

The first was the mid-afternoon workshop/presentation “Music of Latin America,” and the second was an evening concert performance showcasing selections from their lovely 2008 Savant recording, “Bill O’Connell: Triple Play with David Valentin & Richie Flores.”

Organized and introduced by Union music professor Tim Olsen, the well-attended afternoon event featured a fast-paced mix of songs, compositional information and technical instrument presentations.

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