As fate would have it, news of saxophonist Bhob Rainey's performance next Tuesday, December 23 at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center reached StLJN HQ just as yr. humble editor was attempting to decide on a subject for this week's video post. So, in keeping with the spirit of improvisation, here are a couple of video clips that give a taste of Rainey's approach to spontaneous music.
Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Rainey studied at the New England Conservatory of Music with free jazz saxophonist Joe Maneri and released his first CD, Ink, in 1997. Since then, Rainey has been involved in a wide variety of improvised music projects, including the ensemble Nmperign, which is a duo-plus-occasional-guests effort with trumpeter Greg Kelley, and the BSC, a large ensemble that uses both acoustic instruments and electronics.
Both of today's clips are from the No Idea Festival, a festival of improvised and experimental music held in February 2008 in Austin, TX. The first video features Nmperign, which here consists of Rainey and Kelley plus Sean Meehan on snare drum. The second clip is an excerpt from Rainey's solo set at the festival. His solo concert Tuesday at LNAC starts at 8:00 p.m., and admission is $5.
I love jazz because it is in my blood. It is the only original American art form. It is sacred. The greatest musicians are jazz artists.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 listening to my father's records of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young.
I met Sonny Stitt, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Michael Brecker, Cannonball Adderley, Walter Booker, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, George Benson, Mike
Stern, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Harper, Skip Hadden, Charlie Haden.
The best show I ever attended was Joe Lovano with Soundprints at the Wexner Center in Columbus Ohio in 2014.
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Smiles.