Last night at Brasil was an awesome jam.
and Nick Anaya
started things off with some heavy jazz stylings - almost all totally improvised. Nick played his heart out, like he always does - it was great to see him in action. And Thomas has this amazing ability to both hold down a groove and go out at the same time. Damn these guys are good.
For the second set, Roy Keyes from Shake Kabibo
held down the bass and hung with even our fastest, weirdes tunes like Flux. Henry Darragh came up with his Trombone for a few tunes. You know the tune Invibile Pants? It's got a pretty complicated melody. Man, Henry picked it up like it was nothin'. Knew a bunch of our other tunes, too. Wow. It's such an honor to work with such fine musicians.
Jason Jackson & Fluteman John weren't able to make it, but in their stead we got a couple songs from Josue Zapata, formerly of the Kabibo Mind Control project, on trumpet, and he was outstandaning. We had a couple other surprise guests, including a drummer (sorry I don't remember your name, man - email us
) and guy we just met named Tab who sat in on bass for a tune. He's a lefty player and normally plays a bass that's strung opposite a normal bass, but last night he just grabbed Roy's bass and flipped it upside down. Hope we get to play with him again.
All in all, I'd say our first "Drop Trio and Friends" funk jazz friday
was a success. Thanks to everybody who came out to witness it!