Sunday, July 5, 2015

the continuation...(Allen Kanovsky picks it up, and the music continues...)

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 07/05/15

>>> continued from previous blog<<<<<

..."A Um Zero"  has its roots in southern Brazil. The rhythmic pattern is known as 'choro' and was the forerunner to modern day samba. "Campanitas De Cristal"(Little Bells) is just beautiful. Ed's solo has him doing what Silvano Monasterios does on piano, that is, playing what seems like 100 notes in a 4 beat bar. Federico's portion is classic JAZZ violin. He can rightly be called 'Maestro'. The final tune was "Alma Llanera". It comes from Venezuela and was done in an up-tempo 6/8 time. Ed does that impossible triple tonguing. Federico swings it. Ed & Nomar do a duet and then Josh does one with Nomar. Josh quotes several classics along the way. Now it's Nomar all alone. He is beyond talented. "Great" doesn't even come close. His father, Jose, is on the other side of the stage. Standing at the piano, with a proud smile on his face. Justly so. 

It's only a little after 10:30. Way too early for degenerates like me to go home. Albert Castiglia (pronounce it like you want) is at McGuire's Hill in Broward. I know Charlie Boyer is there with Kathy Kniffen and I can use a dose of the BLUES. It doesn't take long when you exceed the speed limit a bit and I make it in time for the last set, a cup of chowder, a piece of Charlie's corned beef sandwich, Oh yeah, and some music. I mean music for true BLUESiacs. Kris Schnebelen on drums and  AJ Kelly playing bass. They open the set with "I Wanna Drink From That Luv'n Cup". They honor Jim Morrison doing "Red Rooster". Betty Rosenthal and a couple of other gals are up shaking several body parts. Albert uses the slide to play "No Place To Go" and then pay tribute to Junior Wells, who gave Albert his start, by doing "Hoodoo Man". Rochelle Coba is in the house wearing a stingy brim fedora and looking cute as a button. Albert invites her up and she tears my heart out singing "I'd Rather Be A Blind Girl". Big Bob Grabau(tenor sax) joins in and the Jam is on. Everyone who is still in the joint is having a ball. Rochelle takes a shot at playing Albert's git box and she handles it well. The group bounced from song to song including "You Can't Always Get What You Want". The music went on & on. Gals kept coming over to introduce themselves------hey it's only Aqua-Velva!

You can catch what Charlie caught on camera over at:

A post-script to the evening: With no offense to all the musicians I know and love, as most of you know===what is on my heart is on my tongue. I go a long ways back listening to JAZZ & BLUES. I have heard, live, every saxophonist from Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Vido Musso, Georgie Auld, to Stan Getz, the Bird, Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt. I go as far back as the Glen Island Casino(1938) to the 3 Deuces (1949) to the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach(1953) a 150 joints in LA(1981 'til 2006) and O'Haras on Los Olas. I say this in all honesty. If I could listen to only one musician play for the rest of my life I would choose Dr. Ed Calle. 

Al's Disclaimer:
A short note: The reason I write this is because I love music and words. I do not book acts. I do not promote acts. I do not accept invitations to review artists. I go to venues of my own choice. When and where is not influenced by anything other than who I would like to hear that night or day. If I don't like what I hear, I won't write about it. When I like it I let you all know. I never mention a name without asking permission. "Pardon me, Miss. Would you like to dance?" 

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