Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 6:06 pm
Before she died last year, Dave Douglas' mother left her son with a list of hymns and folk songs to play at her memorial service, down to the specific verses. But even after the funeral, the songs lingered in Douglas' head; he kept toying with the arrangements in search of a more personal reflection. He found it by rebuilding his quintet with new musicians and welcoming a special guest: Aoife O'Donovan, a singer and guitarist best known for her work in folk and bluegrass bands.
The Chandler Travis Three-O makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage. Pigeonholed as "avant-jazz omnipop," Travis' music might be described more accurately as the missing link between The Kinks and Captain Beefheart. The group provides elements of acoustic folk, jazz, psychedelia and pure absurdity — it's worth mentioning that half of the "Three-O" (which, naturally, is a quartet) changed into brightly colored pajamas during its second song.
Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 1:38 pm
From January 1992 to September 2001, Branford Marsalis set the JazzSet pace, hosting 39 new shows a year (now we do 26) from the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band; festivals in Iowa City, Telluride, Pasadena, Mount Hood, Montreal and Brevard, N.C.; the new music festival in Groningen, the Netherlands, and the Havana Jazz Festival in Cuba; clubs from Yoshi's in California to Sculler's and the Regattabar in Boston. WGBH producer Steve Schwartz sent us lots of Boston sets during that first decade, all of them much appreciated.