Today marks the release of our record, Ugly Beauty. The record is available for digital download via Bandcamp HERE. Feel free to listen; better yet, purchase the 14 track record and help support the music. We put a lotta love into this thing…
Releasing a record is supposed to be a time to celebrate the completion of a creative product, a time to share. We looked forward to playing this music live in front of people. Who knew when we recorded this last November, that so much in America and the world would unravel in the meantime. Now, by simply arriving at this time, this record takes on different and additional meaning.
This record is comprised entirely of the music of our hero, Thelonious Monk. An African American pianist and composer, he is considered by many to be one of the most important and prolific contributors in jazz. His unique gift of non-traditional and sometimes “off-kilter” pianistic and composition styles was truly singular and set jazz in a startling direction, making different musical trajectories possible. There would be no jazz without the African American experience, and Monk blasted it into his own idiosyncratic atmosphere.
This record represents our take on Monk’s music. By design, is not “straight-ahead”; most of what is here is no longer “jazz”. We’ve put his music through our own filters, just as he took traditional styles and crafted them into his own music. We have punk, disco, noise, rock, ambient and yes, ok, maybe a little jazz. So goes the tradition of absorbing the past and pressing it forward, sometimes changed into completely different and unrecognizable forms.
We’ve talked about it for years and it comes next week– the UGLY BEAUTY record! 14 tracks of Thelonious Monk’s music completely reimagined for guitar/bass/drums. Punk Monk, slide Monk… disco Monk! NEXT FRIDAY!!
I figure with everything going remote these days, now is the time to get my home studio going. I am thrilled with the results and am having a blast doing studio work from home– hit me up if you need guitar tracks! I’m also steadily chipping away at my second solo guitar record… stay tuned….
NEW BAND ALERT: Half Holy Hearts will debut on Thursday January 16th at Once Lounge with FauxMenco and Famous Grouse. The idea for this group– reimagined country noir deep cuts plus original instrumentals– was born years ago by Gavin McCarthy, Brian Carpenter and me after a Beat Circus rehearsal. 2020 will finally bring it to fruition with Scot Fitzsimmons on bass and Rafi Sofer on guitars. Can’t wait ~
Man oh man! Our Monk trio, UGLY BEAUTY (Jef Charland/bass; Jared Seabrook, drums) finally made it to the studio. This is gonna be a doozy of a record. Extreme liberties were taken with these tunes– wow. Huge thanks to Dan Cardinal at Dimension Sound Studio for kicking serious butt. Stay tuned as this develops….
Bob Bradshaw’s new record, “Queen of the West”, is now available! There was a lot of terrific collaboration (Bob and I co-wrote many of these tunes) and we’re all very proud of of this ambitious and gorgeous sounding album — check it out!
Wednesday October 16th, 8pm
So stoked for Ugly Beauty to play at the Lily Pad this Saturday! This group (me, guitar/ Jef Charland, bass / Jared Seabrook, drums) played years ago and I’ve always wanted to get it going again. Well, here we are. This is a NO JAZZ ZONE. We take our favorite Monk tunes and put em thru the wringer: punk Monk, noir Monk, slide guitar Monk, noise Monk. MONK!
Saturday April 27, 3:30-5:00pm at the Lily Pad, Inmman Square Cambridge.
** poster by Bradley Clifford Peterson
Tune in tonight at 5pm EST, when I chat with Steve Provizer on “The Duplex Mystery Jazz Hour,” on WZBC 90.3 FM, streaming at WZBC.ORG. We’ll discuss my recent solo and trio records, I’ll play a little bit of guitar, and rumor has it that there might even be a live duo improvisation….. Tune into WZBC HERE
We are in the late mix stages for my new trio record, “Bright Angel” with Brad Barret (bass) and Dave Fox (drums). Engineer Dan Cardinal (Dimension Sound in JP) is doing a great job making it all sound great. Our record release show is on 3/10/18 as part of the Mandorla Music Series at Third Life Studio in Somerville, MA. Stay tuned!
Very excited to announce the formation of a new trio, AS3, with bassist Brad Barrett and drummer Dave Fox. We just recorded 9 tracks at Dimension Sound in Jamaica Plain with owner/engineer Dan Cardinal. We can’t wait to share the music with you! More news as it unfolds….
I’m a very lucky guy to have had a weekly residency with this group for the past 9 years.
This was a BLAZING set last Sunday afternoon at the Inman Eats Festival. >WOW< Wednesday nights at the Lily Pad, Inman Square, Cambridge Onward>>>>>>
I want to give a shout out to two pickup builders who have helped me immensely. Pickup builders David Budzinski (Budz) and Curtis Novak have built numerous pickups for me in the past few months. Listening to my ideas/needs, they’ve wound both standard and unique/special order builds that have greatly enhanced my instruments. They are attentive listeners, skilled craftsmen and generous supporters at the top of their game. Check them out:
Spent Sunday at Woolly Mammoth studio working on the new Bob Bradshaw record. It was smooth sailing with Bob, Ed Lucie (bass), Mike Connors (drums) and Dave Westner at the controls. This record will be outstanding!
Neil Young feedback largess…. to cool Ry Cooder slide… to acoustic Mexican ballads… to Ribot-style “prosthetic” Latin…. to high-lonesome whistling. We covered it all.
What a tremendous and inspiring night of new/improvised music at the Midway Cafe last night! Eric Hofbauer’s Radio Waves, Andrew Stern Trio, and the Dan Rosenthal quintet. A great hang with some of my favorite friends and musicians. This is the scene!
Tracked the basics for new Beat Circus record at Q Division. Definitely the most ambitious, wide-ranging recording project to date. Kudos to Brian Carpenter for bringing it together and extra special thanks to Rafi Sofer for making it easy and sound incredible. It sure was a pleasure making music with Paul Dilley and Gavin McCarthy again. There’s more to do but this record is off to a hell of a start. Stay tuned…
Thank you Boston Globe for including Brian Carpenter and the Confessions on your best local albums of 2015 list! Read the article HERE.
TELESCOPE is very excited to play the next installment of Mark Redmond’s excellent Mandorla Music series next Saturday December 5th, 8pm at Third Life Studio in Union Square Somerville. The usual suspects (James Rohr, Greg Loughman, Mike Connors and me) will be tackling my originals as well as music by Machito, Gill Aharon, Charles Mingus and Bill Frisell. This is a great listening room– we hope you can make it!
Sat Dec 5, 8pm: Telescope. One minute guitarist Andrew Stern is a roots-rock frontman, and the next he’s a jazz guy, or an avant-garde explorer, or a pastoral stylist. With Telescope, he brings all of these together in a stew of instrumental country jazz with an edge. In addition to Andrew on Telecaster, Telescope features James Rohr on keys, Greg Loughman on bass, and Mike Connors on drums. $12 in advance here, $15 day of show. FB event page – yup.
TELESCOPE plays just down the street from my home at the Roslindale Farmer’s Market this Saturday September 5th, from 11am to 1pm. We’ll be in the tent in the middle of the green in Roslindale center. Bring the family and buy some veggies!
The Confessions were onsite this past weekend shooting video in NYC and Boston for our new song “This Lonely Road” off of our forthcoming record “Far End of the World”. That’s director/cinematographer Joshua Black Wilkins behind the camera. He’s making this thing….
Stay tuned for the record release on 9/25/15 at Cuisine en Locale in Somerville, MA!
I was graciously asked to add guitar to the new recording by The Rosenthals.
They are a fantastic family band led by my friend Dan Rosenthal (trumpet) and his father, Phil Rosenthal (Seldom Scene).
Some fine bluegrass/folk/jazz– check them out!
Very much looking forward to January 30th to celebrate the release of my trio’s new record, “Small Victory”. I am in fine company with Jef Charland and Eric Rosenthal. Joining us will be one of my heroes, David Tronzo. Hope you can make it!
Friday, January 30 at 7:00pm
lilypad in Cambridge, Massachusetts
I am proud to announce the release of my latest record, “Air Traffic Controller”. This is a group called Telescope, as the band is designed around the Telecaster guitar. We recorded the band live at Q Division Studio A. There are no overdubs, except for a theremin bit. The tunes are mostly my originals.
Andrew Stern– telecaster, tunes
James Rohr– piano, Wurlitzer, Hammond organ
Greg Loughman– bass
Mike Connors– drums
The album is available here:
Upcoming Telescope gigs:
Oct 20th: Midway Cafe
Oct 21st: Beat Hotel
Nov 12th: The Beehive