May 27, 2007
Now that Benny’s band has come to an end (at least for the time being, I imagine there might be future gigs as the first one was pretty good), it’s time to find some new projects. Two of them are African based bandsa, Kernel and Sagrenti.
I’ve had a few rehearsals with Sylvain and friends (who make up Kernel) but due to upcoming gigs (namely, the launch of a new afro-beat club night at the Bongo Club) there isn’t really time to get me up to speed properly, so I won’t be playing the gig. All very sensible really…
..especially when I’m trying to find time to jam with Sam (who you can see playing the djembe on the youtube clip below) and his band, Sagrenti. He’s been trying to organise something for a few months now, and finally, we should be having a jam this Thursday. I’m looking forward to it. Apparently there might be a few Edinburgh festival in the pipeworks…
And finally, I had a fun jam with Roger again. We tried reworking a couple of e/t/c tracks so they worked without Nick and Roger showed me a few old songs of his. Hopefully we’ll play a little set together at Blue Wednesday this week 🙂
May 24, 2007
on this little youtube clip from last Saturday’s gig.
You can tell I’m a bassist as I’m lurking at the back. 🙂
May 20, 2007
Spiderman 3: Good to watch if your flatmate has booked the living room for the evening and your local cinema has incredibly comfy sofas to sit on. Otherwise, don’t bother. 3/5 with comfy seat, 2/5 otherwise.
Cimematic Orchestra – Ma Fleur: The first track is very Coldplay-ish. Which is a big negative if you’re me. But the album gets considerably better after that, although not as moodly as “Every Day,” which is an awesome album. 3/5. It would probably have been 4/5 if they dropped the Chris Martin soundalike and stuck with what makes the band great.
Benny Tetteh-Lartey and the Afro-Scot Beat: Yeah, I know, reviewing a gig I played in. But hey, the main thing I wanted to say was how great the support acts were. And to Benny’s credit, our part of the show was the most polished I’ve been involved in recently, which made a nice change 🙂
May 18, 2007
First off, the long awaited “Benny Tetteh-Lartey & The Afro-Scot Beat” which is tomorrow (Saturday 19th) night. 7-10pm at the Bongo Club. Should be a good gig although not as much fun as I thought it was going to be. We’re basically all playing Benny’s songs and there isn’t much room for being inventive and Benny’s playing the two most fun tracks on bass himself! But hey, it’s a gig. And through Benny, I’ve met Sylvain, who’s asked me to join his band Kernel.
Which leads me to my next tomorrow, Kernel’s debut gig at a fundraising do at Old St Paul’s Church, 11am-3pm. We’ve got a couple of gigs coming up in the Bongo Club too, more on those later.
Playing with Sylvain’s been a great experience so far. Hard work though, it’s made me notice how out of practise I’ve got (or, I never used to be that good!). Some of the tunes can be pretty long and require considerable stamina to keep them going with a good groove.
There’s also some talk of playing with Roger, (aka The Bluesfarther) at the next Blue Wednesday with a little duo. We miss Nick (see his myspace page for blogs of his adventures in India) but it should be a good laugh.
Better get back to work now…
May 1, 2007
working at home today 🙂 And while my PC generates several hundred isotropic random phase fractal textures I thought I’d drop a link to the new song by Bard Edlund, Two Can Go Low (I recorded the bass for him). He’s got a couple more new songs too, all available at his Edlundart page.
Enjoy, I’m now off to play with fractal surfaces some more…