Getting in a Groove: Bent Lynchpin (Sneak Peek)

Bent Lynchpin was already featured here on New Perspectives a few months back, and they’ll all be on hand tomorrow at Sarten Cafe.  Expect another amazing jam from this group when they get on stage; for now, a preview.

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Playing off the Bass: Bent Lynchpin

Recorded over a whirlwind, 2-day session, Fred Sandoval (guitar), Mark Zero (bass), Malek Lopez (Keys) and Caliph8 (MPC) put together material for their upcoming album.  In this video, the quartet’s sound is driven by Mark Zero, which culminates in an otherworldly break by Caliph8 at about the 3:30 mark.  Malek and Fred perfectly compliment the group to produce a sound wholly unique unto themselves.

Events: Subflex (Imrov Ensemble)

Subflex‘s last installment of 2011 just may be its most eclectic, and that’s saying a lot considering the event encourages experiments in musical improvisations.  A tabla, xylophone, some MPCs and self-made instruments will be around this time and B-Side will once again play host to this melting pot of brewing music madness.  Make sure to keep December 7th (Wednesday) free if you want to be part of this event that will surely leave you mindblown.

For more info on the artists performing, you can read about them here.

Improvisations: Sloj and Fred (Part 2)

More dusted beats coming your way from Sloj and Fred.  As you can see in the video, everyone in the room could hardly contain their excitement in witnessing the collaboration begin to truly take form.  Fred’s bluesy guitar solos meshed seamlessly with Sloj’s sliced up and addictive droning beats; it was great to see our performers enjoy the session as much as we enjoyed documenting it.  While there are some things worth bitching about and debating on (our antiquated NAIA Terminal 1 Airport, the way Manny Pacquiao defeated Juan Manuel Marquez yesterday), there’s no questioning the quality of sound this duo has produced for all of us to watch and listen to.  This wicked collaboration is also available for you to download in case you want to hear the full, 14-minute version as well as the video edit; either choice, we highly recommend it.

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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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