Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Just to changes subjects for a moment, here is a photo of Jerry Joseph from a shoot we did this past weekend. Jerry is an amazing songwriter, and criminally overlooked guitarist. He has had a few bands throughout the years. Most notable being Little Women and Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons. His most recent project is with Steve Drizos, and they are known as the Denmark Veseys.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
My bad! I didn't get a photo up again. Here is a photo for yesterday, and I will upload today later with some extras.
This is Jeff Coffin. He is master of the reed instruments. Jeff is a member of the Flecktones, and also has another project The Mu'tet.
Jeff was onboard Jamcruise as a part of the core members of the Everyone Orchestra with Jon Fishman, Steve Kimock, Matt Butler and Jamie Janover. Jeff ended up playing a massive part of the Jamcruise jamming. Aside from his sets with the EO, he lead a sax clinic with Dominic Lalli, Karl Denson and Skerik, played with Soulive, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Superjam, Col. Bruce Hampton's Massive Jam Room session and I am sure that I am leaving out some other performances. Look out for some Mu'tet dates and a few special nights with drummer Jeff Sipe performing as a duo.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Soulive is some bad muthas. Krasno has his hands all over all types of hit records right now, and the band continues to throw down as one of the best trios around. They started the first night of Jamcruise's music off with a sail away show on the pool deck.
Setting the precedent for what would happen all week, they were joined by guests like Karl Denson and Ivan Neville throughout the set. Here is a photo of Allen Evans kicking out the jam behind the kit.
Keeping with the funk stuff from Jamcruise. Here is a photo from The Motet's set in the Lirica Lounge. The Motet hails from Boulder Colorado, and they know how to bring it. They have evolved into a revved up world beat influenced electronic band. When I first saw these guys tearing apart the Boulder Theater they were heavy on percussion (in fact they ended the show in a drum line marching out onto the courthouse lawn). These days Dominc Lalli's sax drives the beat alongside Adam Revell's axe. The best part of The Motet is the unbreakable backbone of Garret Sayers on bass and Dave Watts behind the kit. Check them out if you get the chance. www.themotet.net
Here is another photo from Jamcruise 6. The first night on board, the guiding light Col. Bruce Hampton was set to lead a session in the Jam room. He brought with him a cast of A-listers like Grant Green Jr., George Porter Jr., Stanton Moore, Robert Walter, Karl Denson and Jeff Coffin. They were all joined later by Warren Haynes and I think at one point or another Steve Kimock and Eric Krasno. The bar was raised so high by that jam that the room felt empty when the last note rang out. All of the energy had been used up, and no one wanted to follow what had just happened. Later the same morning I caught up with Col. for some breakfast and conversation. He agreed that it was an amazing late night of music. In fact he said it may have been his most enjoyable night of making music. Topping playing on the same stage as Zappa and Clapton in the 70's. That is heavy!
WOW! I came home from Jamcruise and missed the mark for a few days. I will try and upload a few photos a day for the next week or so to get caught back up.
The first one today is from Jamcruise 6. The Funky Meters blew up the boat every chance they got. This is Russell Batiste in action from the Pool deck. Throughout all of their sets they were joined by a variety of friends. Stanton Moore, Ivan Neville, Skerik and many others. How could you possibly go wrong inviting the Funky Meters to your party!
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Patterson Hood just seemed like the perfect candidate for a multiple exposure, because he is so expressive in his music. During the Drive-By Truckers performance at Vandy's Rites of Spring I caught this burst of emotion. I like to think it captures the intensity of Patterson's presence.
I will be traveling all day tomorrow, and know that I might not get photos posted for the next day or so. With that said I am going to go ahead and post a few extra in advance. World Sax Group is one of those shows at N.O. Jazz Festival that you don't plan to be at, but you leave thinking you may have seen one of the best performances of the festival. This took a while to get right. It is individual shots of all four members of the band stacked in camera. Maybe it was pure luck, but I like it!
Multiple exposures are really my favorite spice to my photographic stew. I have a good friend, Micheal Wientrob who is a phenomenal multiple exposure photographer. It is not a new technique, however I think a few people have pushed the envelop in using the tool with live music photography. Michael is certainly one of them, along with greats like Jay Blakesburg and C Taylor Crothers. It is the skill of layering images on top of one another in camera. At times seeming like a mathmatic evaluation of spacing and asthetics, it truly is a gift to be able to master.
Anyway I have learned a great deal from the previously mentioned photographers work, and yet feel that in no way do we have the same style. I have a great deal of ground to cover to have accomplished what those guys have done, and can't wait to get there.
Speaking of getting there, let's get back to the point- SOULIVE!
This is a multiple exposure of the Evans brothers funking it up at Exit In here in the Music City.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Happy New Year!!! I hope that everyone had a nice NYE. I am looking forward to a great year in 2008. Continuing with the multiple exposure theme, here is a photo from the Widespread Panic run this fall at the Ryman Auditorium. I took the photo on the 3rd night, and I think it really captures the ghostly feeling of a greater presence in the historic venue. Enjoy-