(Photo: Bradley Robb)
25 FEBRUARY 2010
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Solo: Ryan Keberle, trombone
Solo: Marc Phaneuf, alto saxophone
Solos: John Ellis, tenor saxophone & Mike Fahie, trombone
Solo: Sebastian Noelle, guitar
Habeas Corpus (for Maher Arar)
Solo: James Hirschfeld, trombone
Solos: Jon Wikan, cajon; Mark Small, tenor saxophone
Solo: Ingrid Jensen, trumpet
It's been a while since we've posted one of these gig postmortems. It's not because we don't love you. And it's not because we've sold out (although seriously, more on that madness later). It's because our recent "field recordings" haven't turned out well for a variety of reasons, mainly having to do with the unpredictability of my long-in-the-tooth digital recorder/capsule mic setup. It kills me that I couldn't post our Iridium hit with Kendrick Scott on drums, but the recorded sound is not even remotely listenable. Luckily, though, this recording from our February 25 Regattabar hit turned out rather well, both musically and sonically.
We had originally planned to play in Boston right around the time Infernal Machines was originally released, but that fell through. So this was effectively our long-delayed Boston (okay, technically Cambridge) CD release show. Since we were only allotted one set I figured we might as well perform the record in its entirety, albeit in the jumbled order you see above. You'll hear a few different solo voices -- Erica vonKleist is on temporary hiatus, so Marc Phaneuf -- last seen playing on our CMJ showcase -- is in the lead wind chair, playing all of those ridiculous high flute parts and tearing shit up on "Obsidian Flow." And John Ellis, a frequent guest co-conspirator who just put out an awesome record of his own featuring his NOLA-based band Double Wide, duels with Mike Fahie on "Jacobin Club."
Thanks to everyone who braved the godforsaken winter weather to come hear our show. We were glad Boston was at least spared the snowpocalypse (third of the season, I believe) that engulfed New York in our absence. We were somewhat less glad to learn that the buses we'd booked back to NYC had all been cancelled, and had to scramble to make alternate last-minute arrangements. Bigband touring, y'all.
As always, these live recordings are freely offered -- share 'em, burn 'em, etc. -- but if you like what you hear, kindly consider making a donation -- your support is invaluable and helps fund current and future Secret Society activities.
Sebastian Noelle, electric guitar
Gordon Webster, piano
Matt Clohesy, contrabass & electric bass
Jon Wikan, drums & percussion
Darcy James Argue