Raphael McGregor – “TVM”


Since I published a different article on Sunday, what is traditionally a video day, I’m posting what would’ve been yesterday’s video today, and so you won’t have to do without your Bird is the Worm video fix.

Today’s video is from a live performance by Raphael McGregor‘s quartet.  I recently named his recent release Fretless as one of my eMusic Jazz Picks, and I’ll be publishing a standard album review on Bird is the Worm pretty soon.  Right away you’ll notice the lap steel, which isn’t typically used in a Jazz environment.  I can think of a few other artists who use it often/occasionally, but it’s a pretty rare thing.  And the album, unsurprisingly, is full of nifty surprises and interesting music.

I was amused to learn that this song is based off of the melody that the New Jersey Transit ticket vending machines used to make as it printed a passenger’s ticket.

Performance is from a CD release show on Feb. 16th at Spike Hill in Brooklyn.

Your video personnel:  Raphael McGregor (lap steel), Oran Etkin (sax), Jason Sypher (bass), and Vinnie Sperrazza (drums).

That review of Fretless should get pubbed sometime later this week or next.