Wow- trip down memory lane... so many amazing memories. Here're a few of my most memorable, now I'll have to dig into the archives and hear these all again.
Ben Monder/Mick Goodrick/Peter Herbert/Gary Chaffee quartet
Mick Goodrick with Dewey Redmond, Charlie Haden and Paul Motian
Bill Frisell's first quartet performance-1369 Cambridge. Before the gig he told Hank, Kermit and Joey "if something feels good and natural, don't play it."
Bill Frisell's last quartet final performance-Knitting Factory. The end of a very long journey, a week at that venue, the last note I can still hear today.
Bill Frisell's quartet at the Middle East, the best evening(s) of the band I heard. Opening act-a very young Kurt. Bill later told me he was blown away. It was the first time he'd heard Kurt. Kurt was maybe 19? Yeah, he was all the spirit, pathos, lagos and ethos he is today.
John McLaughlin/Jonas Helborg duo. The best McLaughlin I've witnessed. Ever.
Fred Hersch Jordan Hall. Everybody felt like they were witnessing Jesus having risen from the dead. He played like God.
Charles Mingus last performance at Carnage Hall-he was wheeled in via wheelchair. Played like the devil.
Paul Desmond's last performance with Dave Brubeck. He could hardly breathe but that's the way he always sounded. It was tragic and poignant because everyone knew he was going to be dead soon.
Kurt at Boylston's-he was playing a standard, the tv was on, he was soloing and orchestrating what was playing on the TV. The changes were dead on gorgeous readings and fit perfectly the show, some police show as I recall.
Sun Ra with Billy Bang, Marshall Allen and the arkestra. Whew.
Mick Goodrick/Wolfgang Muthspiel the closest sympatico ever. They did a series of about 6 concerts around Boston. Tiny venues.
Sco trio with Swallow and Adam. Power trio. LOUD! I remember the time he told me he'd gotten the gig with Miles.
Paul Motian with Ben Monder
Genesis with Peter Gabriel- they were just kids-it was magic
Roland Kirk, playing a college in NJ. During the intermission he talked about some people he'd played with. "Jimi. He was a beautiful cat." It's decades later after his death and in my ear Kirk just gets better.
Kurt at Chris's in Philly. Damn the crowd was so f*ckin loud with stupid talking and laughing women at the front table. Aaron was playing Use Of Light and I couldn't hear him 10 feet away. Kurt yells "Shut Up!" and in a moment it hit me just why those two words were invented. Yeah!