JazzSet regularly takes you to hear sweet music in small venues, and this time we've found a beauty: the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society along the Pacific coast.
There's a town called Half Moon Bay near Highway 1 on the California coast, and it's home to the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, a concert setting for musical fireworks. The proprietor is Pete Douglas, a silver-haired, blue-jean-wearing resident hipster. Pete built the music room onto his original beach cottage, and he's presented music here for 40 years.
The list of vibraphonists who have played at the Bach is impressive, from Red Norvo to Milt Jackson to Bobby Hutcherson (who lives in the next town) to Mike Mainieri and Terry Gibbs to our artist on JazzSet -- Joe Locke. Joe belongs in this company. Recently, he's been the Down Beat Critics' Poll choice for Outstanding Vibes Player.
Pianist Geoff Keezer and Locke are a great match, playing each other's compositions and practically thinking each other's musical thoughts. Bassist John Witalla drove up from Los Angeles, napping in his car, just to play with them. And Eddie Marshall came down from San Francisco. Pete Douglas recently honored Eddie with a plaque for 35 years of playing the drums with many, many great artists at the Bach. Joe himself is a student of Eddie Marshall's recordings with Hutcherson. So everyone is here because they want to be (including the audience), and because they want to make a "don't miss" JazzSet.
MUSIC/JOE LOCKE at THE BACH
"Slander" (Joe Locke)
"Tulipa" (Geoffrey Keezer)
"Where Is Love" (from Oliver)
"The King" (Joe Locke)
"Vierd Blues" (Miles Davis)
Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society
MUSICIANS (and co-arrangers)
Joe Locke, vibraphones
Geoffrey Keezer, piano
John Witala, bass
Eddie Marshall, drums
Our music mixer is Ron Davis, of A Wing and A Prayer Productions from Central Point, Ore., with assistance from Greg Sudmeier. Dee Dee's recording engineer is Pascal Camille of Média Mix Production in Paris.
And also: the JazzSet Technical Director in New York is Duke Markos. Producer: Becca Pulliam; Executive Producer: Thurston Briscoe III, at WBGO Jazz 88 in Newark, N.J.
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