Tag Archives: jazz

Despite Distance and Other Commitments, Free Music Trio Boneshaker Thrives on Rapport


“We could laugh while we’re playing. Somebody does something or whatever, and we could laugh. We could look at each other and be smiling, instead of being so serious.”

Free Times | March 27, 2019

In Digging Deep Within Himself and His City, Questing Guitarist Ryley Walker Finally Found His Voice


“I’m an artist, for God’s sakes. I’ve always been super sensitive and insecure about everything, so that causes a lot of self-examination.”

Free Times | May 2, 2018

Memory Man | With Marker, Ken Vandermark Synthesizes Sounds to Manipulate Memory


“It’s like gravity in architecture. You can make a building, but you gotta deal with gravity.”

Free Times | February 1, 2018

Hot takes: Tom Maxwell discusses the Squirrel Nut Zippers’ surprising hit record

“When we went out into the world, people were like, ‘What the fuck are you?’ They didn’t know Fats Waller. They didn’t know any of that shit, and they weren’t interested in schooling themselves on it. And then the jazz people were like, ‘You can’t play in tune. You are not an obvious rung on this ladder of linear musical progress to which we’ve subscribed for 50 years. You really need to go the fuck away.’ I actually thought, ‘If the rock people hate us and the jazz people hate us, then we seriously must be doing something right.'”

Indy Week | December 15, 2015

Ghost Trees — The New Gravity (Future Recordings)

The best jazz duos thrive on familiarity, when their component players have finely honed their instinctual rapport into a psychic lingua franca that, by process, leads to alchemically conversational works.

Dusted | May 1, 2015

Mazurek’s Black Cube São Paulo | A Spiritual Quest

“Every time I pick up the cornet or write, compose or play now, I really feel that she’s there, surrounding the situation.”

Charlotte Viewpoint | April 17, 2015

Director’s Cut | Monotonix guitarist Yonatan Gat trades wild shows for wilder improv

“The idea is to forget about the fact that you exist—to not exist while you’re playing music.”

C-Ville | March 3, 2015

New Frequencies Finds a Home at McColl Center

“I’ve always felt like — and everyone who does this sort of grassroots promotion has always felt like — what the scene needs to gain traction is a home base, a home base people know they can go to if they’re looking for something cool. Something to collect the energy.”

Charlotte Viewpoint | February 27, 2015

A Mighty Wind | Avant-Garde Saxophone Quartet Battle Trance Endeavors to Breathe Together

“What’s most important to me is for there to be a real feeling of connection from heart to heart, being in a room with other human beings and having four of those humans using their breath to create sound in the room, to have that experience really give people what they need insofar as that there will hopefully be some kind of heart opening in everyone, myself included, where even for a minute we can remember what it is to feel loved, really.”

Free Times | January 28, 2015

A Different Danger | For ex-Monotonix guitarist Yonatan Gat, improvisation is more exciting than dodging elbows

“We definitely don’t look at ourselves as jazz musicians. But as punk rockers, we can definitely take a lot of their ideas.”

Charleston City Paper | January 21, 2015