Sunday, May 24, 2009

SUN 5/24: Jazz, Classical, Pop/Rock

Okay, more Sunday...


SUN 5/24

Bitches Brew Band
at The Squealing Pig, 134 Smith St, Boston (Mission Hill)

Local jazz vets take one period of the great Miles Davis catalog and play the shit out of it. (I mean that in a good way.) In 1969, Miles had his Dylan/Newport moment and went electric with "In a Silent Way" and pioneered jazz-fusion.

In three albums, Miles and company set the foundation for Weather Report, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, countless others, and Boston's top-shelf Miles tribute band -- Bitches Brew.

(Oh, yeah... I brought it back to the beginning in about 4 sentences...)

SUN 5/24

"Classical Meets Jazz: Pictures at an Exhibition"
at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston (New England Conservatory/Fenway)

I abhor the existence of dueling pianos at places like Jake Ivory's, but this must surely be a thousand times better. Unlike the musical whores that provide the soundtrack for drunken bachelorette parties, two world-class pianists from classical music and jazz reprise their collaboration for the American premiere of the program after 3 performances in Germany and Russia over the past 3 years.

NEC faculty Eyran Katsenelenbogen is the jazz foil to award-winning Andrei Ivanovitch as they meld their two styles through a 13-movement piece, Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition".

SUN 5/24

Freezepop, The Campaign For Real Time, Barnicle
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$10 / 18+

This was probably a 'surprise show' from the beginning, but it was listed as "Barnicle and guests" until a few days ago. They're probably cool with it, but I kinda like the C4RT and Freezepop more than the initial band. Freezepop may be one of the quietest local success stories, if you don't play videogames. The electro-pop trio plan to play some new songs and some covers along with the tunes that fans already know. The Campaign for Real-Time straddle the line of electro and rock, and they have to be the funkiest time-traveling rock band around.

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