Dave Douglas & Keystone @ Zankel Hall: If you buy the record, watch the included DVD first. It took seeing band play live in counterpoint to the projected film to drive that lesson home for me -- I kept putting off watching the included version of Fatty and Mabel Adrift, much to my own detriment. Also, keyboardist Adam Benjamin was apparently suffering from severe food poisoning and barely made the gig. Maybe he should buy all of his meals from street vendors at 4 AM from now on, because he played the standout solo of the night.
A short Arbuckle film scored by Douglas (not included on the Keystone DVD) is available here.
John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet + Kneebody @ Tonic: Kneebody trumpet player Shane Endsley calls the Claudia Quintet
"the coolest band in New York." He's right. Hypnotic through-composed
works with surging breakbeat/postrock grooves and an expansive, almost
orchestral sonic palette. Impossible to single out any one player for
praise, but: Matt. Moran. Damn.
Kneebody's new material is surprisingly spacious, patient, subtle, and interactive. Many in the crowd were jonesing for the heavy, prog-jam influenced electrojazz (like the tracks on MySpace), and the band eventually obliged, but it's good to see that the popular LA+NYC supergroup hasn't stopped expanding their horizons. Great gig.