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Piano Trio Speaks In Present Tense

by Adam Matlock | Jun 6, 2016 1:39 pm

Steven Laschever Photo Perhaps it was the fact that the trio had just finished a marathon recording session for its second album. Or perhaps it was the players’ extensive experience as players and composers. Whatever it was, on Friday night at Firehouse 12, Mario Pavone’s Blue Dialect trio — Pavone on bass, Matt Mitchell on piano, and Tyshawn Sorey on percussion — demonstrated that in the right hands, the piano trio format can easily look forward into the future and maintain ties to jazz’s complex and varied history, while remaining in the moment, and in the room.

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Musicians Tip Their Hats To Willie Nelson

by Brian Slattery | May 27, 2016 7:12 am

In a way that Willie Nelson himself would probably appreciate, the idea for a Nelson tribute at Cafe Nine arose first from an idea of No Line North’s Jon Schlesinger to perform the country legend’s concept album Red Headed Stranger in its entirety.

“I really love that album,” Schlesinger said, “and I thought it would be fun to cover it from beginning to end.”

On second thought, he said amiably, “it freaked me out how much work that was going to be.” But the idea of a night devoted to Nelson stuck, and he got organizing.

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Auditory Bliss At Firehouse 12

by Allison Lazur | Apr 19, 2016 7:20 am

Allison Lazur Photo Ari Hoenig — drummer and bandleader of the Ari Hoenig Trio — counted off: 1, 2, 3, 4. Bassist Or Bareket and pianist Nitai Hershkovits flashed smiles at Hoenig, as a sign that they were ready to make music.

Hershkovits’s harmonies were a clear response to what the drummer had begun with, his rhythms sprinkled with melodious lines of a familiar tune. All three were completely in sync with one another, catching every clever musical gesture. A chuckle from Bareket confirmed this as he zoned in on their musical conversation.

His contribution: a walking bass line serving as the foundation, spinning the trio into a whirlwind of sound that demanded the attention of all in the room.

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Go!Zilla Is King Of Fuzz

by Alessandro Powell | Mar 9, 2016 3:47 pm

“Thanks you guys a lot for being here we are iaw fra itagioiuu. . .” said Luca Lando, guitarist and vocalist of Go!zilla, the fuzz punk band from Florence, Italy, that played Cafe Nine.

His syllables rolled back like eyeballs, as though a wah-wah pedal were wired into his vocal chords. His Caesarian haircut shellacked to his forehead, he crossed one shin behind his planted foot and tilted his head like a cherubic Jesus.

Apparently, fuzz punk is huge in Northern Italy right now.

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An Amphibious Assault

by Alessandro Powell | Feb 3, 2016 1:00 pm

Hartford’s Amphibious Man, a jammy, grungy, surf rock band with a vaguely Spanish sound, opened its set at Cafe Nine last Thursday with their tidal wave of a single, “Laureline.” (The video stands as a DIY triumph.) As the song wound down, singer and guitarist Jason Principi turned around and slowly pressed his heel onto one of the many pedals that filled his effects briefcase. It let the audience catch a glimpse of Principi’s guitar strap, thoroughly duct-taped to his Stratocaster.

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