So I am now one of many NPR Music dudes now writing for NPR’s new jazz blog A Blog Supreme. As such, here is my first post, about a recent show in San Francisco where pianist Brad Mehldau and drummer Matt Chamberlain performed music from the grunge era. Read on here.
Wrote about “The Passenger,” a song from supergroup Floratone — comprised of Bill Frisell, Matt Chamberlain, Lee Townsend and Tucker Martine — for NPR’s Song of the Day essay. To read the full review and hear the song go here.
While doing some research today on the new Bill Frisell\Matt Chamberlain project Floratone (more on that in a few days perhaps), I came across this video on Chamberlain’s MySpace page under his ‘influences.’ At first I thought it was a straight forward old Western film, until the gunman turn out to be none other than drummer Elvin Jones.
The apparently very surreal gunslinger film, called Zachariah was released in 1971 and featured the Jones as ‘Job Cain.’ While made in the early ’70s, it certainly seems to hearken back to the 50’s style hokey Western genre, starring mostly no-name actors. Well, except for Dick Van Patten who played a character named ‘The Dude.’ All I can say is that I’m amazed that jazz-funk and explosive drum solos even co-existed in the days of the Wild West.
Even the imagery of Sonny Rollins’ great album Way Out West jumped on that bandwagon. The album, for those interested, is something of a ‘lesser’ work by the ‘saxophone colossus’ (if you can say that about anything Rollins released) but is still a great jazz record.