The Dancing Tree 09.01.2009

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New Steez, Yonder Mt String Band, Mike Gordon, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Black Crowes, Drive By Truckers plus new CD reviews and a free live MMW concert!

In this issue:

* New Additions
* Coming Soon
* Upcoming Festivals
* Video of the Week

Latest News & Reviews:
Newest HGMN Band Members!

Cadillac Jones - Rhythm Method CD review

Odd Meters - Uncommon Denominator CD review

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New Additions:

Steez - Creepfunk Crusade CDSteez - Creepfunk Crusade CD - Churning out their self-described "Creepfunk," a high energy, danceable variety of funk - one uniquely laced with electronic and improvisational sensibilities - the Madison-based five-piece band Steez has garnered a loyal following throughout the Midwest, winning talent contests to perform at the 2008 and 2009 Summer Camp Festivals, the Rothbury Festival, and the 10,000 Lakes Festival. With their remarkable work ethic, splendid song writing, unmatched chemistry, and now a brilliant debut album, Steez is sure to make waves and take Creepfunk to the next level. $12

Yonder Mt String Band - The Show CDYonder Mountain String Band - The Show CD - In between tours the band spent time this last year working on its fifth studio album. The Show is the second album with rock producer Tom Rothrock (Beck, Elliott Smith, Foo Fighters). While some might scratch their heads as to why a string band would want a rock producer, this decision was a natural choice for the band. "We don't have a lot of nostalgia for the past," says banjo player Dave Johnston. "You shouldn't try to recreate the 1940s. I like to think of us as informed by the past and all the great performers before us. But we also want to look forward rather than give people something that has already been perfected."

The Show has the similar acoustic instrumentation (Adam Aijala on guitar, Johnston on banjo, Jeff Austin on mandolin and Ben Kaufman on bass with all four singing) as many of its classic bluegrass forefathers. Though once again drums are present (as with the self-titled fourth album) with the great Pete Thomas of Elvis Costello's bands adding a rhythmic backdrop to Yonder's still-acoustic sound on six of the tracks. The record consists of thirteen songs all written by Yonder. $14.98

JFJO - One Day in Brooklyn CDJacob Fred Jazz Odyssey - One Day in Brooklyn CD - Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based musical institution founded by pianist Brian Haas, celebrates their 15th anniversary in 2009. Having recently expanded their line up from a trio to a quartet by adding fellow Tulsans' Chris Combs on lap steel guitar and Matt Hayes on acoustic bass, JFJO prove to be perpetually evolving and pushing boundaries further with each passing year. In this process, they ve perhaps invented their own sub-genre--Red Dirt Jazz--by tapping into their Oklahoma birthright and drawing upon "The Tulsa Sound" of hometown heroes like JJ Cale, Leon Russell and Bob Wills. These roots grow into a jazz foundation built firmly around the inspiration of giants like Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. The results are documented on the superb new EP One Day In Brooklyn, the first release from the reconfigured line-up. Recorded in Williamsburg, Brooklyn as first takes without any overdubs, the six-track collection captures the telepathic improvisations and visceral post jazz energy that has defined JFJO over the years. Highlights include a medley of Rahsaan Roland Kirk s A Laugh For Rory and Black & Crazy Blues and renditions of The Beatles Julia, Thelonious Monk s Four In One and Abdullah Ibrahim s Imam, as well as two new original pieces. $9.98

Black Crowes - Before the Frost CDThe Black Crowes - Before the Frost...Until the Freeze CD - Before the Frost..., and its corresponding free album ...Until The Freeze, were recorded over a series of five nights at Levon Helm Studios. Although both are studio albums, all the new material was performed and recorded in front of an intimate audience of the band s fans.

Chris Robinson conceived the innovative concept of Before the Frost...Until The Freeze:
I think we fulfilled a musical commitment to continue on the golden road of artistic independence. Approaching 20 years into our careers, we still are ambitious enough to push ourselves to create somethin g unique that we have never done before. $14.98

Drive by Truckers - The Fine Print CDDrive By Truckers - The Fine Print CD - Drive-By Truckers (DBT) have been making music together for 13 years resulting in 7 critically acclaimed studio albums which could not contain all of the songs written by the band. DBT recently dug into the New West Records vaults and put finishing touches on a selection of songs that were never quite completed. The result of the collaboration is The Fine Print (A Collection Of Oddities and Rarities 2003-2008), a 12-track album of previously unreleased and rare songs. The Fine Print features songs written by band members past and present, including Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley and Jason Isbell. Seven of the twelve songs come from The Dirty South era, a highly creative time for DBT. The record also contains four covers including Rebels by Tom Petty, which the band recorded originally for the TV show King Of The Hill and Like A Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan which provided Shonna Tucker with her first ever lead vocal performance on a DBT recording. $16.98

Mike Gordon - Live at the Fox CDMike Gordon - Live at the Fox Theatre, Boulder 8.29.08 (2 CDs) - Several songs from Mike's new album were featured that night, including Andelmans' Yard, Another Door, Sound, and Traveled Too Far as well as covers of Brian Eno's No One Receiving and Al Green's Rhymes, all stretched and explored without limit by the five-piece band (which includes longtime collaborator Scott Murawski on guitar, Vermonters Craig Myers on percussion and Tom Cleary on keyboards and Brooklyn drummer Todd Isler). $15

Coming Soon:

September 8 - Phish - Joy CD
Infected Mushroom - The Legend of Black Shawarma CD
Rodrigo y Gabriella - 11:11 CD

September 15 - Karl Denson's Tiny Universe - Brother's Keeper CD
Kyle Hollingsworth - Then There's Now CD
Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers - Levitate CD
The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker - Burn it Down CD

Last Week:

Keller Williams - ODD CDKeller Williams - ODD CD - "For my 14th release, I went with studio versions of road tested favorites. The only exception would be the the first track (environmental song) which has never before been played live. This collection of tunes was recorded and mixed by Jeff Covert at Wally Cleaver's Recording Studio in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He as well as Jay Starling, Claude Arthur and Doug Henderson make audio appearances, but this record is primarily a solo effort with me playing all the instruments (with the exception of a few drum loops). The art work was created by Richard Biffle. The idea came from the lyrics of my science fiction bluegrass song "elephorse", which is of course a cross between an elephant and a horse. But don't be confused. That's not the elephorse on the cover but the flying 2 headed dragon that befriends it. Please enjoy!" - Keller $15

The Ragbirds - Finally Almost Ready CDThe Ragbirds - Finally Almost Ready CD - The record features 12 tracks including many brand new Ragbirds songs. We had the honor of working with producer, fiddler and multi-instrumentalist, Tim Carbone (of Railroad Earth) and Phil Nicolo at Studio 4 in Philly who mixed and mastered the songs. Phil is a Grammy-Award-winning producer and engineer who has worked with an impressively long list of top performers. Here's what Phil had to say about the album: "I was pleasantly surprised to discover The Ragbirds new album to be a wonderful combination of clever songwriting and heartfelt performances. This will live in my CD player for a long while!"
Made from Eco-Friendly packaging, designed with a plastic tray made out of recycled plastic bottles, and printed with vegetable based inks. Each CD saves 6 plastic water bottles from being thrown in a landfill! $12

James Carter & John Medeski - Heaven on Earth CDJames Carter & John Medeski - Heaven on Earth CD - Saxophonist James Carter and organist John Medeski (of the pioneering jam-band, Medeski, Martin & Wood) lead a supergroup featuring Christian McBride (bass), Adam Rogers (guitar) and Joey Baron (drums). Together they carve out a groove that captures the buzz and vitality of jam-jazz at its most exhilerating. Recorded live at the Blue Note in New York, the group throws down the funk on Django Reinhardt's "Diminishing," Larry Young's "Heaven On Earth," Leo Parker's "Blue Leo," and the songbook standard, "Street Of Dreams." $16.98


Upcoming Events:

September 4-6 - The Get Down - Chapel Hill, NC

September 4-6 moe.down - Turin, NY

September 18-19 - Let it Roll - Ghent, NY

October 10-11 - 4th Annual Joshua Tree Roots Music Festival - Joshua Tree, CA

November 13-15 - *Bear Creek Music & Art Festival - Live Oak, FL

* Look for the HGMN booth at this event

Video of the Week:

Medeski Martin & Wood - Loyal Earth Festival - 4/19/2009 (entire set!)

Thanks for reading, and have a great week!
Lee Crumpton

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