Teresa Brewer, 1931-2007

October 18, 2007

Teresa Brewer, one of the greatest American pop and jazz singers of the 1950’s has died on October 17th 2007, at the age of 76. Brewer released a large amount of songs during her time of fame, with almost 40 that topped the charts. Some of her best known tracks include “Dancin’ with Someone,” “Till I Waltz Again with You,” and of course “I Love Mickey,” a song about the great New York Yankees center fielder Mickey Mantle. Over the years she performed with jazz greats such as Duke Ellington, Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, and Tony Bennett. She will be greatly missed in the world of jazz music.


Finally I’m getting an opportunity to share some new music with everyone. It’s been a busy past couple days, spending a bit of time in Chicago. Always a great city to spend time in. Anyway, back to the music. Something which has been occupying my listening senses is The Mörglbl Trio. Unfortunately I hardly ever hear their name mentioned when discussing progressive jazz, rock, and funk music with others. It’s quite a shame, and I can only hope that a lot more people can be made aware of their fantastic musical style. The band is made up of French musicians Christophe Godin(guitar), Jean Pierre Frelezeau(drums), and Ivan Rougny(bass). The music is primarily instrumental madness, graced with fine elements of funky jazz filled overlays, and a lot of crazyiness. The band has actually been around since 1997, and even fell apart in 2002, but thankfully put the pieces back together, and is still just as strong. They even have some tour dates lined up in France over the next few months. Their latest release “Grötesk” is one of my current top recommendations.

The Mörglbl Trio is incredibly entertaining, and I guarnatee those who appreciate progressive music will come to love their music. Another nice tidbit of information to munch on is that Christophe Godin’s side project Metal Kartoon is just as entertaining. So while you check out the Mörglbl, be sure to check out the humorous side project which is filled with even more blazing chord progressions and progressive anomalies. So, enter the world of worthy music, and get on over to the websites listed below to learn more about these well respected musicians.

Visit Christophe Godin’s Website
Visit The Mörglbl Trio at Myspace

See The Mörglbl Trio in live in action:

Ahleuchatistas Photo by David J. FranusichThe three piece experimental music group Ahleuchatistas are busy touring this summer, visiting some cities they haven’t visited in the past. The guys have some more brilliant music ready to be unleashed. Their fourth album, which is being released on Cuneiform Records September 18th, 2007, will be titled “Even in the Midst”.

With Shane Perlowin on guitar, Derek Poteat on bass, and Sean Dail on drums, their communication between one another through music is amazing. The instrumental madness coming from the minds of Ahleuchatistas, along with incredible musicianship, is what powers the group. Their highly complex style of music, filled with pattern changes, insane rhythms, and melodic overlays bring attraction of all kinds. Weather you want to call it progressive, a form of jazz, or experimental, they know what they are doing.

Check out a video of a sick performance in VA:

The band’s website is great, and provides a lot of information. Stop over there to learn more about them.

The Official Website of Ahleuchatistas
Visit Ahleuchatistas at Myspace

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Jul 24 2007 Monk’s House of Jazz – Salt Lake City, Utah
Jul 26 2007 Three Kings Tavern – Denver, Colorado
Jul 27 2007 The Scallywag – Saint Joseph, Missouri
Jul 28 2007 Ronny’s Bar – Chicago, Illinois
Jul 29 2007 Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center – Saint Louis, Missouri
Oct 12 2007 Nexus – Saalfelden

The Budos BandIt’s never too late to get your funky groove on.  Or so I have been told.. but my recent discovery of a large group of musicians from Staten Island New York called The Budos Band have clearly defined their own funky grooves.  It shouldn’t take a lot to appreciate good music when you hear it, and Budos Band makes it easy for listeners.  Their brand of instrumental soul inspired afro beat music gets the job done.

From the percussion beats of bongos, congas, cowbells and claves to the strong horn section led by trumpets, and a saxaphone, everything is covered.  The Budos Band has a self titled release which will soon be followed by a new album simply titled “The Budos Band II”.  This album is set to be released on August 7th, 2007.  Both are available on Daptone Records.  You can find a couple 45s that the group has released as well.

The Official Website of The Budos Band
Visit the Budos Band at Myspace

Upcoming Shows:

Jun 30 2007     Toronto Harbourfront Centre – Toronto, Ontario
Jul 05 2007    Moe’s Alley – Santa Cruz, California
Jul 06 2007    Boom Boom Room – San Francisco, California
Jul 07 2007    High Sierra Music Festival – Quincy, California
Jul 08 2007    High Sierra Music Festival – Quincy, California
Aug 09 2007    Joe’s Pub – New York
Aug 10 2007    World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Aug 15 2007    Gooski’s – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Aug 16 2007    Ravari Room – Columbus, Ohio
Aug 18 2007    Onopa Brewing Co. – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Aug 19 2007    Beachland Ballrom – Cleveland, Ohio
Aug 22 2007     Museum of Fine Arts – Boston, Massachusetts

Switchyard Sounds

June 23, 2007

Switchyard is amazing.  If you enjoy jazz, music you will find that Switchyard offers some of the best alternative jazz sounds of today.  Their unique qualities are outstanding.  It all started with Rachel Bellinsky and Gina Fiore performing throughout Vegas, which eventually led to some original songwriting, and a completed album titled “The Secret Life of Spiders”.  The music of Switchyard is a journey through life, and a brilliant collaboration of thought.  Switchyard was even a 2006 Finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting contest with the song “Salt of the Sea”.  The full band lineup consists of Rachel Bellinsky on vocals and guitar, Gina Fiore on lead guitar, Justin Andres on bass, Craig Waters on drums, Mindy Gaspar vocals, and Luke Miller on keys.  Please learn more about the band at the links below.  Very original music worth recognition.

Official website of Switchyard

Switchyard at Myspace 

Wanna get your funkdafied groove on? Listen to Plunky and Oneness. Don’t know who I’m talkin’ about? Plunky Branch is the man. This highly experienced musician, songwriter, and producer knows his stuff, and he knows it well. On top of it all, Plunky is a lecturer and teacher in diverse subjects. Those with a passion for jazz music, funk, and R&B most likely know of his accomplishments, but if you don’t I encourage you to learn more. Plunky & Oneness is a regular performer at the Martini Kitchen & Bubble Bar in Richmond Virginia.

Download an MP3 of “Drop” by Plunky & Oneness
Get acquainted at the Official Website of Plunky & Oneness
Plunky & Oneness at Myspace