Just wanted to mention a couple artists/venues I checked out this past weekend:
Violinist (and Cryptogramophone label owner) Jeff Gauthier was performing with his "Goatette" (pianist David Witham, bassist Joel Hamilton and drummer Alex Cline) at Cryptonight/Cryptonoche in Club Tropical. Plenty of modern melodicism with a healthy spike of searching, avant-garde flavor. And speaking of flavor, try the papusas the restaurant serves. Salvadorian food plus modern music in an intimate setting equals inexpensive fun for the senses on Thursdays/Fridays. The Goatette has a new album coming out in May, but in the meantime, check out these tunes (free courtesy of Crypto's website):
Jeff Gauthier: "Waltz For K.P.," "Clea's Bounce" and "Ephemera (For Eric)" from the album Mask.
I also saw guitarist Matthew Von Doran at Dizzy's down in San Diego. Though the room's acoustics are a bit odd (it's very spacious and loft-like), it's entirely dedicated to the music, and that's what we like! Matthew's tunes and performance were clever and stylish, as always. Gearheads will enjoy his many toys, including processors, looping pedals and his 11-string fretless. Tenorist Andy Suzuki and drummer Joel Taylor were in top form, and bassist Jimmy Haslip has the talent of twenty musicians in his ten fingers. Expect to hear about Matthew's new album near the end of the year. In the meantime, check out this download from AAJ (it's Larry Goldings on B3 with drummer Terri Lyne Carrington):
Matthew Von Doran: "Swang" from In This Present Moment. (Catchy, right? You ain't heard nothing yet; buy the album!)