Posts Tagged ‘ record

New Jazz: Mara Rosenbloom’s “School of Fish”

It’s fairly infrequent that my attention is captured by good jazz as of late, but fellow NYU alum Mara Rosenbloom’s new record School of Fish has been spinning steadily in my stereo this week.  Mara is an incredibly talented composer and pianist whose use of space has sometimes amazed me, sometimes confounded me.  On School of Fish, her modular tunes give her similarly talented band plenty of room to function as an elastic unit, stretching and contorting her melodies into shifting shapes and forms.

It inspired me to dig out an old video of my Subdiversity Band performing one of her tunes, “Departure”, with Mara at the keys from 2007:
After checking out that video make sure you give her record a listen– available at— and check her out live.  Another worthwhile listen is her bassist Isaac Jaffe’s new record, Of Pandas and People

There are a couple other videos from the aforementioned Subdiversity Band concert on my youtube page; next post, I’ll share 2 covers from that show (by Joshua Redman and Meshell Ndegeocello) as well as corresponding transcriptions.

“Una Passeggiata” — Live Album Release

Check it:

I’m pleased to announce the release of Una Passeggiata, recorded live on May 13, 2008. Video of the entire performance is on YouTube, and tracks are available for download on myspace via snowcap: 12/27/10: Working on getting these tracks available for download once again!

Big thanks to Chris Zembower who did an excellent job recording and mixing the 6 tunes:

1. Pilgrimage (Shepik)
2. Green Dolphin St.
3. Óneira
4. Pikrós eínai o pónos mou (Tsitsanis)
5. The Flood (Shepik)
6. Pane e Dolci (“Una Passeggiata”) 

featuring: Brad Shepik (gtr), John Beaty (sax), James Clark (piano), Jordan Perlson (drums)

I am incredibly blessed and thankful to play with these musicians, as well as to everyone who came out to the performance. Also to Ari Feldman for transferring and editing the video and to Harold Goldner for filming.

Now I’m sinking myself deep into getting the Funky Butter album mixed and released for your listening/tasting pleasure.



Audio recorded and mixed in stereo by Chris Zembower (czembower[at]gmail[dot]com)
Edited by Ari Feldman (arifeldman3[at]gmail[dot]com)
Video recorded by Harold Goldner (hgoldner[at]krautharris[dot]com)

Upcoming Funky Butter Album

Lately, I’ve been putting a lot of work into finishing up Funky Butter’s upcoming album Made of You. You can check out some unfinished rough mixes at Funky Butter’s myspace, and if you want, you can preorder the album and reserve your physical copy of the CD plus some exclusive bonus tracks. I can’t tell you when the album will be done, but stay tuned for emails/bulletins from the Funky Butter page and it should be goddamned soon!



Dallin Applebaum “King’s Highway EP”, Stereo Set CDs online

Bandmate Dallin Applebaum‘s King’s Highway EP will finally be released at Funky Butter‘s March 2 gig at the Bitter End– you can hear some tracks from it (“Save Me”, “King’s Highway”) in my player.

Also, you can hear my playing on The Stereo Set‘s To The Sea, now available online at:

I co-produced and I’m on the following tracks:

1. “Buried In The Ground” – bass
2. “Even In Time” – electric gtr
3. “All Is Love” – bass
4. “Nevermind The Circle of Life” – electric gtr, various noises
5. “To The Sea” – bass, organ

Good listening

Some music that has been treating me well lately:

Ali Akbar Khan – Artistic Sound of Sarod
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – The Last Prophet
Fela Kuti – Expensive Shit, “Colo Mentality”
Derek & The Dominos – Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs (I keep coming back to this album every year or so)
Cream – Disraeli Gears
Leonin & Perotin – Music From the Notre Dame Cathedral (Tonus Peregrinus)
Jon Brion – Meaningless
Mahavishnu Orchestra – Between Nothingness & Eternity, Inner Mounting Flame

New Tracks from The Stereo Set: “To the Sea”

Check out the tracks from my just-finished EP with The Stereo Set, To the Sea @  You can download them from the SnoCap store @

I Wish My Name Were Jack

My friend Andy Mullen just released his second album, “I Wish My Name Were Jack” which features yours truly on banjo, mandolin and guitar on a couple tracks including “Bottle On A Shelf” (above). Check him out at and He’ll be touring all summer and I’ll be joining him at Milkboy Coffee in Ardmore, PA on August 3.