Mateen Obert Hubbard Trio & more

Sunday March 3 8pm, donations gratefully received 8^)

Mateen Obert Hubbard Trio: [New York NY]
Sabir Mateen – reeds, flute, piccolo
Alex Obert – upright bass
Bob Hubbard – drums
Ricochet: [Boston]
Noell Dorsey – voice
Steve Norton – reeds
Gray Hobbs Shanko Trio: [Boston]
Jim Hobbs – reeds
Timo Shanko – bass
Luther Gray – drums
Brunel Hickman Fujiwara Demos Quartet: [Boston]
Junko Fujiwara – cello
Andrew Hickman – reeds
Todd Brunel – reeds
Kit Demos – bass, electronics
Sabir Mateen is originally from Philadelphia (b. April 16th 1951). He moved to Los Angeles and played with Horace Tapscott and his Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra and other bands. He moved back to Philadelphia in the ’80’s and played with two musicians he still collaborates with today, Sunny Murray and Raymond A. King, and also with Monette Sudler, Bill Lewis and many others. He also pursued studies with Byard Lancaster.

Having moved to New York in 1989, Sabir became a world renowned artist and has performed with the greats such as Cecil Taylor, William Parker Ensembles (Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra & The Inside Songs Of Curtis Mayfield), Alan Silva, Wilber Morris, Jemeel Moondoc, Charles Downs (Rashid Bakr), Marc Edwards, Mark Whitecage, Raphe Malik, Dave Burrell, Butch Morris, Henry Grimes, Kali Z. Tom Bruno, Roy Campbell, Daniel Carter, Steve Swell The Sun Ra Arkestra, Frode Gjerstad, William Hooker and many others.

Alex Obert hunched over his double bass and created grating sounds with swifty bow runs. A looped, catchy groove-oriented bass line played underneath all the while. At this point, Hollow Bones(a.k.a. Obert) had me confused. The noisy soundscapes made with aggressive bow attacks were enjoyable, but what was he trying to say? Was he questioning the validity of the accessible bass lines by re-creating them with ease song after song? All it took to simplify things and determine his intent was a cover. Obert sang The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows,” one of the best and trippiest Rock songs ever written. The emotional veracity of his Peter Gabriel-like voice tore into my soul, and I got it. He loved music and just wanted to be heard. Then I was with him all the way. it didn’t hurt that he created a beautiful symphony of dischord that suggested lose myself in the void.

Obert’s music was tortured and haunting. He cautioned sadness with shaman-like incantations and created emotional release with a plucking flurry. It was music to stomp to, but he was the antithesis of a cover band. Get your attention span up, and be in a good, solitary mood before you go see this guy. The raw and experimental nature of the music will test your staying power.
~ Jason Songe, Live New Orleans

Bob Hubbard aka Bismillah ir Rahman ir Raheem Alhamdulillahi rabbil alameen has shared the stage and recorded with many of the modern greats in the creative Jazz scene in NYC. He has performed at some of NYC’s most important Jazz venues. Bob has been honored to work with William Parker, Roy Campbell, Dick Griffin, Catherine Sikora, Matt Lavelle, Bob Feldman,Francois Grillot, Ken Filiano, Lisle Ellis, Michael Bisio, Ras Moshe, Daniel Levin, Hamid Drake, Jemeel Moondoc, Steve Swell, Chris Dimeglio, is a member of the Catherine Sikora Trio and The Blessing Quartet. Bob also recorded a score for a documentary in 2008 with Eric Mingus.

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