239: “Airstrip One” by Bobby Previte’s Coalition of the Willing

I look 20% more like Draco Malfoy in this light.Bobby Previte is a prolific songwriting jazz drummer. He’s worked with dozens of the highest caliber musicians stardust can spawn. The Coalition of the Willing (active 2006-2007) rotated through several members that included Charlier Hunter, Skerik, Steven Bernstein, Jamie Saft and Robert Walter.

Previte’s songwriting is cinematic and grand, and it seems great musicians enjoy operating in the space he creates.

“Airstrip One” cracks wide open at about the 2:18 mark. Horns come in right at liftoff when the song turns funky.

You gotta be judicious with horns. And laxatives. And blondes. And blondes on laxatives.

Check out Bobby Previte if you get a chance. If you ever see him live, you will see that he works hard for the money. So you go on and treat him right.

Enjoy.

Song: Airstrip One
Artist: Bobby Previte’s Coalition of the Willing
Album: Coalition of the Willing
Label: Ropeadope
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Listen: MOG | Spotify
Watch: YouTube

162: “Muffaletta” and “El Ritmo” by Wicked Knee

Cowbell?Wicked Knee is a rolling slurry of a band concocted of:
Billy Martin (percussion)
Steven Bernstein (trumpet)
Curtis Fowlkes (trombone)
Marcus Rojas (tuba)

New Orleans is barely more New Orleans than the tunes these guys are playing.  There’s an impending EP, but in the meantime, you can listen to some tracks on MySpace, and check out the videos below on YouTube.

The first video is from Billy Martin’s “Anti-Instructional” DVD, now available, called Life on Drums which features Wicked Knee.  Billy Martin wants to teach everyone they can be an artist, regardless of their talent level.  Which is cool except if he’s encouraging truly bad, unimaginative people to start hitting things loudly.  I’m all for everybody being an artist except for if it sucks directly on or near me.  But to be honest, even then, I’m pretty patient.  Just don’t test me…

Wicked Knee’s artistry doesn’t suck at all.  In fact, it VERY doesn’t suck.  Enjoy.

Songs: Muffaletta, El Ritmo
Artist: Wicked Knee
Album: (Coming Soon)
DVD: Life on Drums (Billy Martin)
Buy from: Amazon | Amulet Records