LIVE: “Songs for Petra” @ The Falcon, 5/25/18
Review and photographs by Rudy Lu
Petra Haden, Julian Lage and Jesse Harris have been associated with a wide variety of musical genres, ranging from singer-songwriter to hardcore, from free-jazz to bluegrass. Composer John Zorn was the silent partner in “Songs for Petra” – he composed the music; Grammy Award-winning guitarist-vocalist Jesse Harris wrote the lyrics with the project centered around the ethereal, crystalline voice of Petra Haden, the daughter of jazz bass master Charlie Haden and a former member of such bands as That Dog, Tito & Tarantula and The Decemberists. Guitarist Julian Lage’s jazz trio was presented with the challenge of providing the accompaniment for her.
Contrary to my expectations, the music at The Falcon was deceptively simple; melodic yet with a definite edge to it. Many adjectives and comparisons came to mind as I listened to their performance. My best description to was “a soundtrack to an art house movie in a minor key with a touch of spaghetti western.” Lage’s trio provided interesting accompaniment that did not draw attention away from Petra’s voice but was quite capable of standing on its own. Lage provided unusual leads and runs that defied the imagination but somehow made sense. Almost telepathic. The same could be said of the members of his band, drummer Eric Doob and bassist Jorge Roeder.
This music has yet to be recorded. Hopefully, it will be soon.
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