Quintet Audio + Upcoming Projects…

Well we had a great time on Monday at the Oxford debuting the new quintet – lots of folks out to listen and the band sounded awesome!  It was great to revisit some Ocular Concern tunes and some even older ones from my original Sextet, and also some brand new stuff including “9/14”, a song I wrote with a few new ideas – lots of repeated notes in a more classic “minimalist” fashion and a section with improvisation based on the intervallic relationships that make up the theme.  A bit nerdy, but another step in the quest to not write the same composition over and over.  Here’s a bit of audio of that one and some excerpts from other pieces that went well.  “Opal Lake” is a new version of an old Ocular Concern song that features Dave on bass clarinet, “Cheap Fast or Easy” is something I wrote quite a while ago for a tour in Ireland, and “The Eclectic Piano” was a co-composition of me and Dan Duval’s from the last Ocular Concern album:

Looking forward to the next quintet gig on December 11 at LUME!

Meanwhile, I’ve been diving into the amazing music of Andrew Hill recently, and am going to start playing some of it with a new group here soon.  I’m listening to a lot of his records in chronological order at the moment, and will post some thoughts on them next week.

Still swinging out frequently with the Old Hat Jazz Band and playing twice a month at a great swing dance in Holborn called Tuesday Wild Times as well.  More stride piano!!


Back to it + Quintet Debut at the Oxford 20th October

Long time no blog….getting back to it here with the revised website design!  There are a fair amount of interesting old (very old…actually several years old) blog posts below that I have filtered through, and am going to update the audio for the Post-Colonial African Jam of the week soon, and maybe start that up again, it was fun!

Meanwhile things in London are going well, and I’m excited to be debuting a new quintet a week from Monday at the Oxford in Kentish Town featuring some of my favorite players and guys in town.  I saw Huw Williams playing bass with Jim Black the week I arrived in London and thought “yeah, this is a dude I have to play with!”, so that was an easy choice.  Dave Shulman and I have played a fair amount of swing music together but he is super versatile and brings a great sound on clarinet and bass clarinet to the original repertoire.  Ralph Wyld is a young vibraphonist making waves at the Royal Academy, I met him through Huw and am really excited that he’s also bringing some of his great compositions for us to play.  Simon Roth was introduced to me by my Irish buddy Matthew Berrill, who I met at Banff in 2009.  He’s an amazingly creative and unique drummer and also a super organizer of many amazing bands and events in town.

We’ve dug into the book of my old Sextet (ahhh yes, that old pile of tunes!) and of course the Ocular Concern repertoire (clarinet and vibes!), as well as some new compositions I’ve written in the past few months.   We’re going to play “The Eclectic Piano” which Dan and I co-wrote for the newest Ocular Concern album…

…and I’m very excited that we’ve dug up my old epic tune “Inattentive Attendant” from my old sextet book.  Here is the sextet version from “82% Chance of Rain”:

I’ve retooled it for the new instrumentation, and the “chamber” vibe actually comes across way more with this band, so that’ll be interesting, as well as a new take on the insane ending!

Anyway, here are the details, hope to see you there, and I’ll post some audio and video afterwards as well for comparison!

Andrew Oliver, piano
Dave Shulman, clarinet and bass clarinet
Ralph Wyld, vibes
Huw V Williams, bass
Simon Roth, drums

Monday, October 20, 2014
8:30 PM doors, 9 PM music
Jazz @ The Oxford (Upstairs Function Room)
256 Kentish Town Road

New site!

Hello all,

Welcome to my new and improved site!  I am consolidating some of my web activities all in one place.  My blog, which heretofore has been at http://andrewoliver.wordpress.com will be moved here, which I know is annoying, but it will only happen once!  I have imported all the old posts from that site below.

You can find lots of information in the various pages here, and I will be updating this blog a few times a week, as well as periodically posting new pictures, video, and audio for listening and/or download.  Right now there are 4 brand-new studio tracks from the Kora Band, a gig from this year’s PDX Pop Now! Festival, and a new recording with the High Mountain Quartet up on the Audio page, have a listen!

I’ve updated my blogroll and links section, on the right, so be sure to check out some new friends near and far from that list.  I’ve also joined Twitter in the interim, you can find me at twitter.com/andrewjoliver

Also coming up are blog posts on some of my early jazz heroes as well as some more thoughts on the pros and cons of postmodern musical genre-bending, so stay tuned, and thanks for your patience!

Black Star Line

I can’t resist posting this, even though I just put up another post.  On a trip over to my favorite world music blog, I found this post featuring a 45-rpm single from Ghana advertising the Black Star Line.  If only advertisement jingles were this awesome today, and came in both highlife and calypso versions!!!!!