Here's the deal...
• I can barely keep up
with updating this here website anymore. It's fairly easy
however to log onto my "Blog." Much as I may hate the concept generally, I can whip up
stuff wherever I am and post it quite frequently. There's quite a lot
to share with you. Trips to the Kennedy Center, the National Folk
Festival and the International Accordion Festival. New CD's from Brian
Marshall and Frank London's Klezmer Brass All Stars, an article for
Sing Out magazine on Charlie Poole and much, much more random stuff. Check
it out. (October 17, 2005)
out this new Internet only Fanzine called "Jumpin' from 6 to 6." I
contributed a story on one of my favorite 78's,"Sweet Fiddle Blues"
by the Tune Wranglers. (6/11/5)
is available now!! I helped produce the new CD from New Orleans’
amazing Panorama Jazz Band.
Suffice it to say, it’s as close to joining the band as they’d let me,
even though I did march with them this Mardi Gras.
This CD really captures thier wonderous spirit of music, love and
adventure. I'm very proud to be involved with it and think you should pick up a copy!
Syncopaters have finally made a
recording. Just a demo, but it's just exactly what we sound like and I
think thats pretty damn good. Visit the Ridgetop page to
listen to what is essentially an oldtime 15 minute live radio show, all
in mp3 format. We're at the Hole in the Wall every Wednesday for a 90
minute set starting at 9pm. (5/6/5)
what I may
have told any of you before, I went ahead and picked up yet another
movie gig. This time a real live Hollywood style flick with a fine
director and crew, but no real budget to speak of. It’s an incredibly
written bio-pic about Truman Capote and the writing of “In Cold Blood,”
entitled “Every Word Is True.” Due to their budgetary restraints, they
weren’t able to hire an actual Music Supervisor proper, so they
approached me to be a “Music Consultant.” Essentially they brought me
on to help the director create some musical scenes that he envisioned
for his film. This included working in the studio on and on the set
with Gwenth Paltrow, who I’ve come to find is a gifted vocalist. I was
cast in the role of the “bass player” in the pivotal open scene, and
also recorded several tracks of Latin-tinged music with a fine group of
local musicians including pianist-arranger Glover Gill and
percussionist Rey Arteaga. Look for a late ’05 or early ’06 release.
on the movie
front, I FINALLY completed the DVD release of the 1920 German
Expressionist film “Der Golem” with a live soundtrack by my Yiddish
Ensemble. We originally recorded the music in front of a live audience
way back in June of 2000. It took quite a lot of thoughtful work to
rescue the Jewish ledgend from it’s rather ant-Semetic presentation.
It’s taken all this time, and significant advances in technology, to
eventually bring the project to market. Get yourself a copy at my
secure Merchandise site.
We’re mighty proud of it. Thanks again goes to Alamo Drafthouse owner
Tim League for personally seeing the project to fruition.
• The Youngers
have finally made a CD! Now available at gigs (and soon on this
we're calling it "The Protocols." You better have a sense of humor
the band name and the title, but it beats our original name (Hank
and his Holocats...)
I can't believe I'm saying this but it now knocks out the Brotherhood
Brass as the best Jewish music project I've been involved with. Imagine
coke addled Clayton McMichon fiddling with a druken and upset Belf's
Orchestra. Dare I say it; it's the Bad Livers of klezmer....No
it's the same reckless abandon married with stunning musicianship and a
willingness to not play by the accepted rules of the day. (Did
I liked it?)