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Improvijazzation Nation

Issue # 65 1/2 "Live" review



Yah, it's Charlie Saibel & "The Intrusions", live in downtown Olympia!  Actually, it's a "new" Intrusions... Charlie's still on keys, as you can see, & he sings with verve & gusto (much as he's done ever since I met him), but with the new players, it somehow seems like he's been re-energized... & that's not just th' vox, either.  When he plays that hoppin' jazz organ ('specially when he's doin' blues-oriented tunes), it sounds (now) like he's BEEN all th' way down there where those emotions reside.  




      The "new" drummer, Doug Senibaldi, seems to have a lot to do with the refreshing new sound of The Intrusions.  I mean, the cat can crank out those beats!  When I watch him, I'm immediately reminded of some of th' jazz joints I slid in & out of in the "Big Apple", or in downtown Frankfurt, in the mid-1960's.   He's totally intent & focused on keeping th' movement going, & he's always ON!  The kind of talent & energy for playing he displays is so cool, & it's infectious (for both th' listener & th' other players).





     On this outing, there was a really great reed player on tenor & alto sax (up from Portland) named Brad Schrandt... this gent runs circles around a whole lot of players, & will amaze your ears with some of his riffs.  He's "smooth", but not so much that you can't identify that he has his own distinctive style.  Too bad he's not there on a permanent basis... I greatly enjoyed watching & hearing what he had to play... check his site out, though, to learn more about him.




We caught Charlie's "reborn" Intrusions (as you can see) at the "Oympia Farmer's Market", as well as over at the Oyster House.  I enjoyed the set at the Oyster House more, prob'ly because it fits th' jazz "image" (hep kat, cool scat & alla' that - ya' know?), but no matter where they're giggin' at, you owe it to yer' ears to check this hot new formation out - & tell 'em Zzaj sent you!  The schedule for (the rest of) the summer is below:

Sunday August 8 - Lacey Farmers Market - 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Saturday August 14 - Oyster House, 8 until 11 p.m.

Saturday August 21 - The Spar, 8 until 12 p.m.

Saturday August 28 - Oyster House, 8 until 11 p.m.

Sunday August 29 - Olympia Farmers Market - 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.







ALL artists!  I am very, VERY happy to announce that IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION is ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS again.  I have been granted a (possibly long-term) stay of execution for my trip to Iraq.  I will still  be traveling all over the U.S., so new issues may be a little less timely, but (as always), we will review your materials as soon as possible after we receive them.  Look at the guidelines for submission below, please:


MUSIC:  All formats accepted.  Snail mail to:  Zzaj Productions, c/o Dick Metcalf, 5308 65th Avenue, Lacey, WA 98513  The only criteria for music you submit is that it MUST HAVE high performance energy... if you submit lacklustre material, it will be reviewed accordingly

POETRY:  Poems are accepted for publication ONLY via e-mail.  Poems submitted in any other fashion will NOT be published.  Poetry that includes some reference to music is granted first priority for publication.

BOOKS:  We will review some books; books about music are PREFERRED.  We will NOT return any books submitted for review.  Snail them to the address listed above for MUSIC.

DIY Announcements:  We will post your (e-mailed) ad about DIY projects, regardless of genre or medium... HOWEVER, this is ONLY for INDEPENDENTS... if you are a corporation, don't even BOTHER sending stuff... it will be marked and reported as SPAM!


















Harlan Mark Vale - IMPROVISATIONS:  

Guideline for artists SUBMITTING to us:  We do NOT generally review .mp3 files/sites.  Being an active artist myself, though, I understand the need for the use of Internet sites as a "staging ground" for reviews!  You are encouraged to email us your .mp3 links... we will visit the site/link, & if we like your energies, we will contact YOU!  (We will NOT respond to followup inquiries about .mp3 files, though!!!)

PLEASE VISIT our SAMPLES page to listen to FULL-SONG samples... then tell ALL your friends about our fantastic variety of improvised and spontaneous music(s)!!!!!!!!

NOTE:  You can also purchase any of these CD's (use your credit card) by going to our HOMEMADEMUSIC catalog page!



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