• 10.28.8 Scott Amendola at the Hammer museum

    Scott Amendolat with Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming CoreScott Amendola with Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core

     

    My favorite drummer friend Scott played a show at the Hammer Museum as a part of Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core. I took the couchsurfer Mark Stangroom with me for this treatment of improvisational music. I felt a slight reservation in imposing this on Mark on this, but how could one go wrong with introduction to any cultures? 
      

    Natsuki Tamura on trumpet.

    Natsuki Tamura on trumpet.

    Satoko Fujii (on synthesizer and piano)

    Satoko Fujii (on synthesizer and piano)

    Scott Amendola

    Scott Amendola


  • 9.1.8 Angel City Jazz Festival with Nels Cline Quintet

    The first annual Los Angeles’s own jazz festival lined up with local favorites of musical groups and artists alike. I was excited to go. A lot of people I adore were playing. I didn’t expect to run into so many people I used to know, sorta know, and should have already known. It was a sweet family friendly (but not in a lame way) event. 

    Well, I just failed to find any photos from this day. This is incredible. I DID take pictures, didn’t I? I know I did some footage I haven’t gotten around to editing yet. I’ll just install a placeholder here until further notice.


  • 6.25.8 Marco Benevento at Largo with Scott Amendola

    I was sitting staring at the monitor and doing whatever I was doing at work when I got this text message – “Hey Peak, I’m in town for a gig, wanna come?”. Hells yes! It was Scott Amendola‘s surprise musical visit, subbing a gig on the last minute playing with Marco Benevento. I love Scott. I met him last year in association with Nels Cline Singers. First at the Safari Sam’s in January 2007, and later when I went up the coast with Nels for the Singers’ “micro tour”. 

    Marco Benevento, I never met but seen him played with Bobby Previte’s Coalition of The Willing which also included Charlie Hunter, and Skerik – That was at The Mint in May of 2006. I remember Marco because his picture I took was one of my favorites…. and of course, his organ playing was much memorable. This time Marco brought down Scott to sub for Matt Chamberlain? I think? Without hesitation, I immediately got on board to see this. I always am up to catch up with Scott.

    I already was supposed to hang out with my Israeli friends this evening. One of them lives here, and the other – his nephew, was visiting. I tried as much as I could to convince them to come with me to the show, but today I learned that when people tell you they ‘like jazz music’ – it’s just a euphemism for “I’m really not critical enough about music to tell you my specific taste…if I have any. Less will I want to get into it with you about any details. For now, it will sound the least shallow to go ahead and say that I like jazz.” So I ended up going to meet up with Scott by myself – which was for the best. GE stinson also showed up. I finally got a chance to talk to him a little bit after the show. GE is a friend of Nels’s . I’ve seen him played once with Nels last year. But that hang at the diner was too fun for too long. When we went back to the parking garage, we found the door had been shut! Standing in front of it like a dork, I couldn’t stop snickering. Well, this would have screwed both me AND Scott both, since I was supposed to take him back to the hotel near the airport (which was far from Largo). His flight was in about 6 hours to get back to San Francisco.

    The suspense lasted about 5-10 minutes before we found the garage had a door on the other side through the dark and shady alley. Eternity was the very moment my hand was reaching for that door handle. With my entire being’s worth of conjoining electric circuitry, I was willing for it to be unlocked. And … voila … we are home. whew.

    Marco Benevento

    Marco Benevento

    bassist

    Bassist Reed Mathis

    Scott Amendola

    Scott Amendola

    Marco

    Marco

    Marco Benevento Trio at the Coronet - Largo, LA, CA

    Marco Benevento Trio at the Coronet - Largo, LA, CA


  • 1.24-31.8 “Dirty Baby” recording session with Nels Cline composer, David Breskin producer, and Ron Saint Germain engineer

    Nels listens to the playback

    Nels listens to the playback

     

    Going into this recording session, I knew immediately I was in on a very significant project. With my busy schedule of working full time, training afterward for a few hours each day, I still managed to show up to this most nights except the first one when Jon Brion and a ton of others were on the one day/side A session. But for the rest of 7 days, luckily for me, sessions like this go on a little late.  As long as I can physically reach the studio couch in Burbank, I’d be fine & happy.

     

    Nels Cline in recording session

    Nels Cline in recording session

     

    Nels was commissioned to write 39 pieces of music to accompany a series of painting be Ed Ruscha. It is to be released in 2 CDs along with the reproduction of the paintings in a form of a book. David Breskin – producer/poet – was writing poetry for each piece of painting. Musicians Scott Amendola, Devin HoffAlex ClineVinny GoliaDan ClucasJeff GauthierJessica Catron, Jeremy DrakeBrad Dutz, were the ones I caught up with. 

    It has to be one of my favorite moments of the year.

     

    Jeremy Drake's hand and guitar

    Jeremy Drake's hand and guitar

    Jeremy Drake - guitar

    Jeremy Drake - guitar

    Jessica Catron on Cello

    Jessica Catron on Cello

    Brad Dutz on vibe

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    Dan Clucas on trumpet

    Dan Clucas on trumpet

    Devin Hoff - bassist

    Devin Hoff - bassist

    Jeff Gauthier - violin

    Jeff Gauthier - violin

    Alex Cline - percussion

    Alex Cline - percussion

    Scott Amendola - drums

    Scott Amendola - drums

    studying the chart

    studying the chart