Max Roach, May 15
Since not a word was uttered by any member of the all-star Quintet before or during Thursday's Jazz at Massey Hall 50th Anniversary celebration, it was a bit surprising to see Herbie Hancock pick up the mike when the performance appeared to be over. As he began recounting Max Roach's career accomplishments, it became clear that either the original Quintet drummer was dead or coming out to take a bow. Many were relieved to find it was the latter, at least until the 79-year-old jazz icon picked up some drum sticks and started tapping out broken runs on a hi-hat, over and over again, and wouldn't stop. He'd likely still be there now if Hancock hadn't stepped up and respectfully told him to chill out while the Quintet returned to encore with a rousing tear through Salt Peanuts.
Upcoming, Take Out The Trash
Now that the trendy nu-garage impostor bandwagon is sputtering to a grinding halt, it's time someone showed folks how it's really done. Lucky for us, local musician/filmmaker Stacey Case and sidekick Craig Daniels took up the garage gauntlet and came up with the three-day Take Out The Trash Festival running tonight (Thursday, May 22) through Saturday (May 24) at the Gladstone Hotel.The ambitious blowout boasts a killer lineup of raucous Canuck rock 'n' rollers, from Ottawa's Glads and Montreal's Les Sequelles and Les Hellcats to T-dot high rollers the Deadly Snakes and Chickens, and even a Leather Uppers reunion! Toss into the mix a rock poster art show, record booths, merch sales and screenings of undiscovered B-movie gems and you've got one helluva studs-and-leather extravaganza.
"The last time someone put on a garage rock festival in Toronto was 1987," says Case. "It was called Psychedelic Week, and Elliot Lefko threw it at the Bamboo with the Lyres and a bunch of bands. That was 17 years ago, and that's it. One interesting thing is that the Chickens' old band, UIC, played there. We wanted them because they're a link between that festival and us."
Although Case holds the entire undertaking very close to his heart, he's particularly stoked to be hosting the premiere of the Death Lords, a recently unearthed über-trashy biker flick shot in 1979 around King and Dufferin. Case, who collects feature films and Super-8 footage, was introduced to the film by "close personal friends" the Tijuana Bibles (who play tonight), who were asked to contribute tunage to the re-edited soundtrack.
"It was shot by a guy named Neil Ayers who now works for NASA! It follows a three-member crew, "the toughest bike gang to ever come out of Oakland, California," and Ayers himself plays the crazy bald member. We're premiering it Saturday night, this great, undiscovered film that makes me feel proud to be Canadian!"
Admission is a mere 12 bucks. For further details, check out www.trashfest.com.