The Gigblog: Backtalk Organ Sextet

Listen to One Cylinder by the Backtalk Organ Sextet



Where: Irene’s, Ottawa
Who: Backtalk Organ Sextet

Don Cummings – Hammond Organ and leader
Mike Essoudry – Drums
Chris Swain – Guitar
Ed Lister – Trumpet
Zakari Frantz – Alto sax
Me – Tenor sax


Risk Factor: 7 (my first gig with this band, 20 new tunes, 1 rehearsal, really good players)
Riff Factor: 8 (lots of room to blow)
Wild Card: First phat gig on my refurbished tenor
Cash Factor: 7
In the Audience: Annie, Sophie and many fine friends, plus Irene’s rambunctious regulars and assorted connaisseurs
Weather: Snow falling steadily outside
Vibe: superabundant grooving all around

This show was recorded by BradM, who posted all of the songs online the very next day, perfectly prepared for downloading. As did Scott Doubt his superb photos. Strangely instantaneous all this media. Astonishing really that OS1 (live) makes it so seamlessly and immediately into an OS3 (digital) state. Let the feedback loops begin. With music and shared joy at their heart.


p.s. here is the link to my original Gigblog, an exploratory gig diary from 2006.

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