SINKEATER - "As Sweet As Sweet Can Be"
"As Sweet As Sweet Can Be" (Andy Thiele) I'd been listening to Thiele's record Lost Souls Club since it came out in 2008, so my SINKEATER project recorded a tune of his from that record called "As Sweet as Sweet Can Be". We overdubbed soprano and ran it through an old four track for some grit on the first half. AJ Kluth | Tenor & Soprano Saxophones Chili Corder | Electric Guitar Anthony Lopez | Drums Nashir Janmohamed | Upright Bass Recorded May 31, 2017 at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Recording Studio Seth von Paulus | Engineer Jose Carillo | Assistant Engineer Mixed in Los Angeles by Anthony Lopez at The Block of Joy and Andrew Keller at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Recording Studio. Video courtesy of a broken Manhattan MTA screen circa 2012 found somewhere in the recesses of my laptop.
Recording with Sink Eater
UCLA Recording Studio | Photo by Eron Rauch (circa June 2017)
Sitting in with jackbenny on "Queer"
So my buddy Chili Corder--who plays guitar in my Sink Eater project--also plays in a band called jackbenny. It's helmed by twins called Jack and Benny. Seriously. And they're lovely. They were opening for Tickle Torture at the Bootleg Theater in LA and were kind enough to invite me onstage to play on "Queer", kind of a Cole Porter in 2017 vibe. These guys write great music and are really doing the self-professed work of "spreading happiness through music in Los Angeles and all over the world". So here's me playing over this tune that I'd never heard before. Good times! Excitable, still-learning-there's-such-a-thing-as-landscape-orientation cellphone video by the lovely Carolin Kirchner. More about AJ Kluth at http://ajkluth.com/ More jackbenny at: https://www.instagram.com/jackbennynow/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hkx_fNaAL3M
Jazz In The Classroom
I had the good fortune to work as a teaching artist for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz's "Jazz In The Classroom" outreach program. These students at Foshay Learning Center must have played Silver's "Song For My Father" 500 times - but they slayed! (Circa June 2017)
A few choruses on "Let's Cool One"
Trombonist, ethnomusicologist, and improviser Alex Rodriguez invited me to join he and some friends at LA's The Blue Whale while he was passing through town in June of 2016. Alex's research has been taking him all over the world as he researches jazz scenes in Chili, Russia, and the US. Here's a few choruses of me on Thelonious Monk's "Let's Cool One". Why didn't anyone tell me my pants were so tight? More about me AJ Kluth at www.ajkluth.com Check out Alex Rodriguez at https://lubricity.wordpress.com/ Shaky video by a curious Carolin Kirchner. Trombone - Alex Rodriguez Tenor Saxophone - AJ Kluth Piano - Carmen Staff Bass - Alex Boneham Drums - I can’t remember his name! (My bad! Let me know if you know!)
Never Enough Hope
I was honored to play with Toby Summerfield's long-standing project, Never Enough Hope, in January of 2016. He's had this gigantic band for over a decade and convenes friends on different coasts to play his long-form compositions. Toby's been out with Colin Stetson's EX EYE project recently - check him out! Shaky cellphone video credit goes to Carolin Kirchner.
ALDRIC - Saskatoon
"Saskatoon" from ALDRIC's Anvils & Broken Bells ALDRIC was: AJ Kluth - Saxophone/Melodica/Effects, James Davis - Trumpet/Effects, Toby Summerfield - Guitar/Effects, Dan Thatcher - Bass, Quin Kirchner - Drums. Recorded by Emmett Farley; Mixed by Chris Ploeg; Composed by AJ Kluth (circa 2010)
Throwback: Sitting in on the Norwegian Jade in 2011
Super ThrowbackThursday or whatever day it is with this footage taken by some random British tourist of me sitting in with Jim Capik aboard the Norwegian Jade in 2011. As I recall, it was a great night of improvisational duo playing and bourbon drinking. Thanks Jim and random British guy - and dig my haircut.