Monday, February 23, 2015

Six Sided Quiet

Video Clip (506 megs)
2nd Movement (37 megs)
3rd Movement (20 megs)

Here's a panoramic from our super-restrained-volume session last week (Five's neighbor -- *across* the street -- apparently just sits around next to his front window waiting for something rhythmic to tempt him with the devil's gyrations, at which point, he telephones directly to the landlord to preserve his purity.)

On listening back, my first take was that the attempt to get by at such a low volume had resulted in a sound that was too unbalanced to bother posting anything.  But Five had filmed the first movement, and so I decided to take the last 10 minutes of it and add the audio from the Edirol.  The bass is a bit buried and you can't see Sheridan perhaps at all, but I think it's still a nice taste of the evening's good musical vibes.

UPDATE (2/26): just added 5's mixes of the second and third movements!

Friday, January 30, 2015

88-Sided Cube

Warmup Jam (6 megs)
Main Set (34 megs)

Here are the recordings of Six Sided Cube's (5-Track on Guitar, Sheridan Riley on Drums, and Me Woods on Bass) first public performance at Pioneer Square's 88 Keys Dueling Piano Bar, opening up for Protycal Octycal (another all-improv group also hailing from deep in Chai Territory).

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Oil Bubbles

Bubble 1 (21 megs)
Bubble 2 (14 megs)

... a couple of clips from the first of what I hope will be many 3-piece free-groove sessions with Sheridan Riley (drums) and 5-Track (guitar).  I'm playing the wave bass through 5's ampeg.  The first clip is edited a bit, but the second is all "as-was".

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Walking Features

How Long Has That Been Going On? (17 megs)
Dissolving Faces (5 megs)

Here's a pair of short clips from a mid-July sit-in with the Walking Faces at TAIX in LosAngeles. Happily, my short trip lined up perrrrfectly with 5-track and Patrick's show, and they seemed gullible enough to let me sit in for the whole night! I could go on forever about my fantastic experience learning the tunes, meeting their wonderful friends, and just soaking up the vibes down there that weekend, but for now I'll just focus on the recordings at hand:

Both of these are improvised movements that emerged around the middle and then the end of a dense set of Walking Faces material. Listeners with a passing familiarity with my playing might think that at least half of the stellar combo-bass/guitar work here is me, but that's all Five! I'm the second guitar of washes and sparse-ish angular lines that peeks out occasionally with a flurry or two. To me, I sound a little tentative here. Perhaps I'm worried that I'll miss the reintroduction of a composed bit, or perhaps I'm waffling back and forth between attacking with my hyper-tenderized fingers and the pick that I hadn't used in 15 years. (Since this trip, I've really fallen back in love with that tiny bit of plastic technology, but that's a story for another time...) Regardless, Patrick and Five are monsters of awesomeness throughout and the trio-effect is ever so sweet in certain spots here!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

June 9th 4-Piece Session (BATCh)

movement 2 (27 megs)
movement 3 (34 megs)
movement 4 (14 megs)

Many moons have come and gone since the last time I was involved in a group free-jam of this type.  With Brad Chodos-Irvine (drums), Colin Higgins (guitar and keys), TQ Berg (guitar), and Me Woods (bass).  Unedited from Colin's House on Sunday, June 9th.  (clips just trimmed and mastered)  Feels so good!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

WEGO: May 2013 at the Seamonster!

Set 1 (26 megs)
Set 2 (20 megs)
Set 3 (37 megs)

Here are the recordings from WEGO's hosting of the open-mic at the Seamonster Lounge for the month of May (2013). The orchestra for the evening was Woody Frank (guitar and voice), Ian McKagan (guitar and voice), Zach Milstead (bass and voice for sets 1 and 2), and Me Woods (trumpet, percussion, and voice … and bass for set 3). Plus, "Phoenix" (an open-mic participant) joined us on vocals for Set 3.

The usual teeming crowds of participants seemed noticeably thinned for this Memorial Day evening, so the band was able to fit in a bit more of its thing than usual. This was Zach's first time on bass, and he held up the tent beautifully. Even so, with no drummer and me typically-out-of-practice on the percussion-pile, our first set was probably a little rougher than usual. So if you're tight on time, maybe skip ahead to the Set 2 -- by which point the traditional WEGO format was cooking along nicely. Some great stuff also happened in Set 3, after Zach had finally succumbed to the remnants of his flu, and Woody and Ian and I continued on in an even more open-ended format.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

WEGO: March 2013 at the Seamonster!

Set 1 (32 megs)
Set 2 (26 megs)

Here are the recordings from WEGO's hosting of the open-mic at the Seamonster Lounge on March 25th, 2013.  The orchestra for the evening was Woody Frank (guitar and voice), Ian McKagan (guitar and voice), Zach Milstead (harmonica and voice), John Roth (drums), Evan Strauss (bass and voice), and Andrew Woods (percussion, trumpet, and voice).  

This was a fun show throughout, with the usual lyrical and harmonic shenanigans resting nicely atop an extra cushy bed of groove provided by Evan Strauss -- whose brief return to town happily lined up with this show -- and John Roth -- in his first ever appearance with the orchestra!