Asheville, North Carolina – Two powerhouse artists, shredding in amazing ways [Leigh on pedal steel guitar, Brotzmann on reeds] with fantastic results. Filled with a solid experimental music listening crowd, The Mothlight [quite the comfortable venue] certainly impressed. The Brötzmann + Leigh‘sset lasted roughly two hours, taking us through peaks and valleys of mercurial sound.
Many thanks to my host for having the foresight to choose this show and well in advance. Aside from the intense altitude sickness I experienced, my company and Asheville — The San Francisco of the South – was an action packed time.
Atlanta Jazz Festival: 2015 – I came down to check out the festivities at the last minute. Pharoah Sanders Quartet [featuring Kurt Rosenwinkel] on the main stage. A child got separated from its’ family. Pharoah got wind of this and stopped the show to announce what was happening. The child was returned safely. If my memory serves, he then performed Save Our Children shortly afterward. A lovely touch to an unexpected evening.
Atlanta, Georgia – The godfathers of Punk’s set (last night at The Earl) was tight. The boys from Detroit came at us with everything in their musical arsenal: gritty Rock & Roll, trad Punk noise with a tinge of psychedelic Soul. Slam dancing was in full effect, peppered with a body or two surfing the crowd. All fists pumping into the thick air. Photographs I snapped are grainy. That said, it was a sign to put the cellular telephone down and simply enjoy the ride.