Thursday, September 11, 2014
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
½ Price Night for Students
“…the future to carry on the legend, the legacy…of the B3.” – Dr. Lonnie Smith
The Hammond B3 organ enthralls with its liquid swoops, soulful vibrato and gospel overtones, and Wil Blades is carrying the torch of this bold instrument into the next generation. Rounding out his trio with Jeff Parker on guitar and Simon Lott on drums, Blades displays the virtuosity he’s acquired while touring and recording with the likes of John Lee Hooker, Donald Harrison, Charlie Hunter, Stanton Moore and others. The new album from the Wil Blades Trio, Fieldnotes, is full of syncopated grooves and fresh harmonies, resulting in a vital-sounding setting for the timeless B3.
Having become one of the Bay Area’s most prodigious B3 players since relocating from his native Chicago in 1998, Blades has been consistently blazing an impressive trail in the scene. Learning from masters such as “The Smiths” (Lonnie and Jimmy, respectively), and collaborating with the likes of Idris Muhammad, Galactic’s Stanton Moore and Scott Amendola, he’s a key player in the future of the organ. As Billy Martin of Medeski, Martin & Wood puts it, “what’s great about Wil is there’s nothing clichéd about his playing. With the B3 you can definitely get caught in a rut, but Wil is always inventive. He’s not going to just play some riff that went over well [once].”
Featuring Jeff Parker of progressive Chicago post-rock band Tortoise and New Orleans powerhouse drummer Simon Lott, Blades’ well-oiled trio makes his compositions feel lived-in, yet fresh and spontaneous. Blades’ mantra onstage is to “stay in the pocket and groove, but keep it open and loose at the same time…” and his trio certainly delivers.
DATE: Thursday, September 11
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $20/Adv $25/Door; 1/2 Price Night for Students – at the door only
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227
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