Friday, June 11, 2010
"Jon Cleary: Piano, Bass, & Drums" : THE WEEKEND MIX
I've had many people ask me my thoughts on the HBO series "Treme." I've spent a lot of time in the great city of New Orleans, and though I may know a bit more than most who have only visited once or twice, I'm no expert. I will say I enjoy watching "Treme," but I'm not sure I love the show. I'll expand on this in a later post.
With just two more episodes from completion of its first season,"Treme," if nothing else, has excelled in the music department. More than one reader has suggested a "Weekend Mix" featuring the best music from the show. I don't feel quite comfortable with that since HBO's website has links to where to purchase the available music, and NolaFunkNYC has a nice show by show breakdown of all the music used. But if you've been a long time reader of Burning Wood, all you need to do is search "New Orleans" above, and you will find plenty of mixes made prior to the premiere of "Treme," with many of the songs that ended up in the show.
In the meantime, I give you this absolutely monster set of music, broadcast live on the great WWOZ in New Orleans, from Lafayette Square in New Orleans, back on April 14th, 2010.
The great Jon Cleary has been touring with something he calls "Piano, Bass, & Drums," with an album, I believe, being planned for a future release. (I hope that's the case.) The bass in this trio is played by James Singleton. The drums are played by Doug Belote. I was about to say, "It's hard to find three better musicians in...." but I stopped myself. When you're in New Orleans, your cab driver probably plays drums better than most with a recording contract. So I'll just say that this trio is something truly special. James Singleton's work with Astral Project alone, is worth your time, while Doug Belote's grooves have been heard with everyone from Trombone Shorty to David Egan to Marva Wright. I'm hoping you are already familiar with the great piano work of Mr. Cleary.
it ain't my fault
i get the blues when it rains
take my heart
help me somebody
bringing back the home
second line intro
second line reprise
those lonely lonely nights
don't do me that way
young boy blues
when you get back
HAVE FUN! This is one great show.