[JPL] good career move

Eric Jackson eric-jackson at comcast.net
Wed Jul 12 14:24:06 EDT 2006


On Wednesday 12 July 2006 14:04, rgill7344 at aol.com wrote:
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 Keep canceling dates and next
> thing no one is willing to hire him. Poor judgement call, IMO.
>  Ron Gill
>  WGBH Radio 89.7 FM
>  Boston

Let's not forget that the Regattabar is booked by the folks at the Blue Note. 
This could affect other gigs as well.

Eric Jackson
8 pm - mid Mon - Thurs
WGBH Boston
89.7 FM
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> Something that Ellis Marsalis said to me a while ago made me think about
> pianos in venues......he said one of the main things that killed the jam
> sessions years ago was disappearance of the pianos from the clubs. I
> thought about that and would have to say he's right. Few venues left with
> pianos and if you do find one with a piano the quality of the instrument is
> suspect usually.
>
>   Jim mentioned Bill Evans......probably the most astonishing performance
> I've heard from Evans were his final recordings from Ronnie Scotts in
> London. The sessions were released on Dreyfus Records I believe. The piano
> was horribly out of tune and in the mix it sounded like a 2' Yung Chang
> with bad strings and wet dampers. It was terrible but I've never heard Bill
> Evans on recording play with as much fire, energy and passion on any other
> of his recordings. Not to mention the fact that he was sick at the time.
> Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea wouldn't have touched a piano like that.
>
>   I think about Oscar....particularly in those small house party recordings
> he did solo and with his trio. Many times the piano was just amazingly bad.
> I have so much love for so many pianists but Oscar is the only one that has
> left me speechless - when he was in his prime. The medley on "Nigerian
> Marketplace" with "Waltz For Debbie and "Misty" or the medley of "Moon
> River" and "I Concentrate On You" or "Love You Madly" with Herb and Ray.
> Simply incredible. I've played with Herb a few times and he always talked
> about Oscar's power and how the piano would shake like crazy and his soul.
> Tatum was way ahead of his time - harmonically speaking and obviously had
> the technique but Oscar's soul......and power. I've never heard anything
> like it when he was on.
>
>   The bottom line is these guys played and didn't worry about the
> inadequacy of the instrument and strangely enough produced some of their
> best work. I don't think I've ever heard Monk record on an in tune piano. I
> really think somehow that added to his mystic and quirky-ness. I hate to
> say this about Gonzalo but I've never really heard him play much of
> anything that I can remember outside of his first live Blue Note release.
> He has amazing technique which has carried him to this point but his
> recordings lack direction and focus to me. From my perspective he needs to
> establish a concept that has continuity and clairity. Anyone remember
> anything from that last recording he did?
>
>   Jae Sinnett
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> Well, it's not exactly a first. I was at a performance a few years ago
> when a well-known pianist was playing a lesser-known venue (both shall
> remain nameless to protect the hardly innocent!). About midway
> through a tune, the pianist abruptly stood up from the 5' baby grand
> and announced, "I'm sorry, I'm a pianist and this is not a piano. See
> (the owner) and he'll give you your money back." and left the stage.
> - Man, talk about a real show-stopper!
>
> More surprisingly, the pianist has since played for the same management
> again, but now on a decent piano. (Probably would have settled for
> 6'10" Steinway B)
>
> One has to have a certain amount of sympathy/empathy for touring
> pianists who with rare exception play a different instrument nearly
> every night and never know what they'll be dealing with until they get
> to the gig. There are a few in the very top echelon who have been able
> to tour with their own piano, or in the case of Steinway artists, have
> specially prepared artists' pianos provided in major cities.
>
> It's not always just the piano, though. During a long series of live
> radio shows from a local club we had Ahmad Jamal, Gene Harris, Kenny
> Barron, Hamp Hawes, Horace Silver, Wynton Kelly, Oscar Peterson and a
> dozen other pianists play the same piano with good results. But when
> Bill Evans sat down and played the first couple of chords and a run, my
> head snapped around so fast I nearly knocked my headphones off. It
> sounded so rich I thought they'd put in a new piano since last week.
> Nope.... just a new piano player.
>
>
> Jim Wilke
> Jazz After Hours, PRI
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> On Tuesday, July 11, 2006, at 08:14 PM, Tom Reney wrote:
> > Pianist cancels Regattabar gigs
> > July 8, 2006
> >
> > Grammy-winning pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba canceled his two-night stint
> > at the Regattabar only hours before the first of two sets last night
> > because he objected to the room's piano, a 6-foot, 10-inch Steinway
> > Model B.
> >
> > ``He's just not happy with this piano," said Greg Herbst, the
> > Regattabar general manager, who found out Rubalcaba's four gigs
> > weren't happening just 25 minutes before show time.
> >
> > Herbst said there had been a request to bring in another piano, but
> > ``[Rubalcaba's] management was supposed to handle that."
> >
> > Last night, 130 ticket holders for the 7:30 p.m. show were turned
> > away, their money refunded. Herbst said ticket holders for tonight's
> > two shows will have their money refunded . For more information, call
> > 617-395-7757.
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> Trained in contemporary and classical piano, Hilton contemplated jazz
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> I do think that jazz can be inspired by this musical heritage and still
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> A sinfully sultry mix of originals and standards'' is what JazzTrenzz
> reviewer Karl Stober had to say about composer/pianist Lisa Hilton's latest
> release, 'MIDNIGHT IN MANHATTAN', (Ruby Slippers Productions).  Inspired by
> a late New York night, she has once again created a recording full of
> evocative moods, strong melodies and expressive arrangements.  Creating a
> new band  for these sessions, 'Midnight In Manhattan' also features famed
> Brubeck saxman Bobby Militello, John Friday on drums and long time bassist
> Reggie McBride. Eighteen-time Grammy winning engineer/producer Al Schmitt
> recorded and mixed with Hilton in Studio A/Capitol Studios keeping a
> natural sound that compliments the straight ahead tracks.
>
> Trained in contemporary and classical piano, Hilton contemplated jazz
> greats for inspiration.  ''I've always been inspired by the melodies of our
> great American songwriters of the 30's, the rhythmic hooks of classic jazz
> of the 50's and a bit of our blues from the South'' comments Hilton, ''but
> I do think that jazz can be inspired by this musical heritage and still
> sound cool today.''
>
> Hilton's music continues to earn numerous awards and honors.  Her music is
> distributed by Navarre and is available at most retail and online stores. 
> Her website is: www.lisahiltonmusic.com.
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> A sinfully sultry mix of originals and standards'' is what JazzTrenzz
> reviewer Karl Stober had to say about composer/pianist Lisa Hilton's latest
> release, 'MIDNIGHT IN MANHATTAN', (Ruby Slippers Productions). Inspired by
> a late New York night, she has once again created a recording full of
> evocative moods, strong melodies and expressive arrangements. Creating a
> new band for these sessions, 'Midnight In Manhattan' also features famed
> Brubeck saxman Bobby Militello, John Friday on drums and long time bassist
> Reggie McBride. Eighteen-time Grammy winning engineer/producer Al Schmitt
> recorded and mixed with Hilton in Studio A/Capitol Studios keeping a
> natural sound that compliments the straight ahead tracks.
>
> Trained in contemporary and classical piano, Hilton contemplated jazz
> greats for inspiration. ''I've always been inspired by the melodies of our
> great American songwriters of the 30's, the rhythmic hooks of classic jazz
> of the 50's and a bit of our blues from the South'' comments Hilton, ''but
> I do think that jazz can be inspired by this musical heritage and still
> sound cool today.''
>
> Hilton's music continues to earn numerous awards and honors. Her music is
> distributed by Navarre and is available at most retail and online stores.
> Her website is: www.lisahiltonmusic.com.
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