Live at Jazz Forum: N2J and Chase Jackson Ensemble

Oberlin Conservatory Jazz Forum

Every Friday at 12:15 pm, the Oberlin jazz community gathers for Jazz Forum at the Cat in the Cream, where audience members are treated to short sets from 2 or 3 of Oberlin’s small jazz ensembles.

This week, Freshman Pianist Jake Silverman displayed his skills on the Hammond B3 Organ with his group N2J. The band utilized their impressive range of style by fusing the swing tradition with the soul-grooves of modern gospel and R&B, not to mention a dose of casual humor to lighten the mood.

N2J @ Jazz Forum 3_4_11

  • Jake Silverman – Organ
  • Will Darity – Guitar
  • David Wise – Tenor Saxophone
  • Mike King – Drums
  1. “Make Me A Pallet” – Traditional
  2. “Boxhill Square” – Jake Silverman

N2j were followed by vibraphonist Chase Jackson and his five-piece ensemble, who played a fantastic set of both original and standard compositions that strayed toward the more angular, cerebral branch of jazz.

Chase Jackson Ensemble @ Jazz Forum 3_4_11

  • Chase Jackson – Vibraphone
  • Alex Cummings – Alto Saxophone
  • Ian Mccardle – Piano
  • Brandon Gaoiran – Bass
  • Zaire Darden – Drums
  1. “Winter Term 23” – Chase Jackson
  2. “Juju” – Wayne Shorter
  3. “Epistrophy” – Thelonious Monk (arr. Chase Jackson)

-Adam Hirsch

Top 30: 2/28-3/1/11

Julianna Barwick - The Magic Place

Top 30 is  a weekly section of the blog where we show the 30 most played artists and albums on WOBC. Each entry links to the artist’s MySpace (or other free music player) so you can check out some of this music for yourself!

1. James Blake – James Blake
2. Toro Y Moi – Underneath the Pine
3. Generationals – Trust EP
4. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
5. MGMT – Congratulations
6. Jonathan Richman – O Moon, O Queen of the Night
7. Esperanza Spalding – Chamber Music Society (She’s playing in Oberlin on March 9!)
8. Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972
9. Whitechapel – A New Era of Corruption
10. High Wolf & Savage Young Taterbug – Bored Fortress
11. Dntel – After Parties 1 & 2
12. Lamb of God – Ashes of the Wake
13. Dum Dum Girls – He Gets Me High
14. Asobi Seksu – Fluorescence
15. Jad Fair – Beautiful Music: The Best of Jad Fair
16. Julian Lynch – Mare
17. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
18. Papercuts – Fading Parade
19. Air Waves – Dungeon Dots
20. Radiohead – King of Limbs
21. Cloud Nothings – Cloud Nothings
22. Parting Gifts – Strychnine Dandelions
23. Baths – Nothing Nightly/Daily EP
24. Belle and Sebastian – Write About Love
25. Shad – TSOL (Bonus Version)
26. Neil Young – Le Noise
27. Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz
28. Deerhoof – Deerhoof vs. Evil
29. …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead – Tao of the Dead
30. Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place

(Matt Orenstein)

Top 5 Adds: 2/28/11 – 3/1/11

Dum Dum Girls - He Gets Me High
Dum Dum Girls: He Gets Me High

Top 5 Adds is a weekly section of the WOBC Blog that displays the Top 5 most played new albums at the station. Each album links to the band’s myspace, Last.fm, or other music player so you can check them out for yourself!

1. Dum Dum Girls – He Gets Me High EP – I’d been waiting for this record for a while … those of you who saw them play with Girls in Oberlin can attest that this band is the real deal. The layer of fuzz on the DDG’s earlier releases is gone, but the clarity of this album showcases just how talented this band is. Includes a cover of The Smiths’ “There is a Light That Never Goes Out” that’s pretty faithful to the original.

2. Jad Fair – Beautiful Music: The Best of Jad Fair – This album was my introduction to Fair’s music. Never knew how much I had missed. This album is a three-disc set that runs about a hundred songs (and some change). Idiosyncratic without being cutesy, pop-y without being saccharine. Though a hundred songs is a bit much for a best-of comp, odds are you’ll find something in this bunch to grab onto.

3. Colleen Green – Green One – Solid record, but the track “Dance The Night Away” stands head and shoulders above the rest.

4. And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead – Tao of the Dead

5. The Babies – The Babies – Shambolic jangle-pop in the vein of The Bitters, The Mantles, and even chart-mate Jad Fair.

(Matt Orenstein)

Live at Jazz Forum: Tim Bennett Ensemble and Peter Manheim Ensemble

Tim Bennet - Oberlin Jazz at Hales by Sam Lawrence
Image courtesy of Sam Lawrence

Every Friday at 12:15 pm, the Oberlin jazz community gathers for Jazz Forum at the Cat in the Cream, where audience members are treated to short sets from 2 or 3 of Oberlin’s small jazz ensembles. At the second forum of the semester, Jazz Studies upperclassmen Tim Bennet and Peter Manheim each led his own quartet in a fine display of musicianship and improvisation. -Adam Hirsch

Tim Bennet Ensemble @ Jazz Forum 2_25_11

1. “Rise” (Tim Bennett)
2. “Neon” (Ethan Iverson)
3. “Untitled” – (Tim Bennett)

Peter Manheim Ensemble @ Jazz Forum 2_25_11

1. “Lotus Blossom” (Kenny Dorham)
2. “Untitled” – (Will Miller)

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