Improvisations: Sloj and Fred (Part 1)

One of the most exciting aspects of musical improvisation is knowing when the musicians find their groove.  First-time collaborations are a lot like learning to ride a bike: wobbly and a bit cautious at the beginning, but then they start picking up some serious steam once a sense of familiarity is established.  With Sloj on the MPC and Fred Sandoval on the guitar, they really began hitting their stride with this particular jam and left our jaws dropped.  In fact, we could no longer contain our approval during the jam, as you can probably hear when you watch the video.

We highly recommend you download the full, uncut version of this jam by clicking on the link below.

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Subflex @ B-Side, October 5

Jazz and Breaks were the themes last Wednesday night at B-Side as German group The Hot Brownies stopped by the Collective and did an 8-song set that featured a selection of Jazz Standards and Hard Bop classics.  The Brownies, deriving their name as a tribute to the late trumpeter Clifford Brown, mixed in covers of standards such as “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Honeysuckle Rose” with Hard Bop gems that included Brown’s “Joy Spring.”  A great set all in all, with the crowd very much into the music.  Two-thirds of Bent Lynchpin followed with live and improvised soundscapes that will make any beat maker proud; elements of Hip-Hop, Downtempo and IDM were just some of the sounds that the Lynchpin ventured into last Wednesday.  It is unfair to box the Lynchpin into certain genres, so it’s probably better if you heard them yourselves.  You can download a sampler of what went down by clicking on the link below.  This sample features two songs from The Hot Brownies (“Fly Me to the Moon,” “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails”) and the last set of Bent Lynchpin.  Disclaimer: put your headphones on and listen with the volume way up.

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(Subflex happens every first Wednesday of the month at B-Side.  The event is a melting pot for bands as as diverse as Hermetic Order and Tarsius, poetry readings from Camoi Miraflor and Ira Bernardino to MCs and beatsmiths from the Ampon crew.  Drop by next month to get your fix!)