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Bonsoir,

ever heard of Michael Lewis?
Below are some youtube videos of him playing with his two main bands :

With Fat Kid Wednesdays on one of Lewis's pop sounding tune
With Fat Kid Wednesdays on a swingy sort of tune

With Happy Apple on one of the band's pop tune

With Happy Apple on a freer form

IMO, even more than the player in itself, the format of the songs and the pop/rock feeling and energy of them gives a new dimension to a rather dying art of improvisation, either swing retrograde or noisy free jazz...

What do you think?

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Oh, I love Michael Lewis! His chops are incredible and his tone on tenor is so beautiful. I've seen him a few times when Happy Apple played at my school. I talked to them for a bit last time they were here; really nice guys!
Thanks for the links. The only thing missing from the videos is the incredible energy these guys bring .
 

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C'mon 2 people answered to the thread? Michael Lewis is awesome. He has a great sound, great ideas and a strong identity as a musician...

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Holy cow!!!! This dude is seriously BADASS!!!! The ideas.......the melodies.......the sound..........Man this is the way I want to play! Yo pig, thanks for turning me on to this guy. I would love to see this band play live.

later

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wow. thanks for hipping me to the sax trio. this guys group reminds me of the classic sonny rollins group but the bass player is dragging sometimes to me.
 

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Funnily enough Michael Lewis and I attended the same high school under the same band director, albeit he is 10 years older than me..

I have seen both groups live multiple times and actually have met/worked with both Michael and Adam Linz (bassist for FKW). They are both a gas to see live, as Dave King (also of Bad Plus fame) has a hilarious stage presence both in his playing and his talking, and the 3 HA guys bring amazing ideas to the stage when they play. FKW on the other hand is simply raw energy, with amazing musicality crammed into it. I've also been to a gig where I saw Mike and Eric Fratzke (bass) play duets w/o Dave King and that was a very interesting show as well.

Dang, you guys make me want to go see these groups now. Guess i'll have to pull out my FKW cds...
 

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Hey BigDaddy (lol),

thanks for those video clips, I hadn't seen them all. I'm always hungry for new videos of Lewis. The man's still my favorite though I'm trying to avoid listening to him for a while (I've been listening to his stuff WAY too much). But, hey, after those video clips, I think I'm gonna put some FKW back on my mp3 player... I'm addicted.

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Thanks again!! Don't hesitate to post some more if you happen to stumble across them....

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Funnily enough Michael Lewis and I attended the same high school under the same band director, albeit he is 10 years older than me..

I have seen both groups live multiple times and actually have met/worked with both Michael and Adam Linz (bassist for FKW). They are both a gas to see live, as Dave King (also of Bad Plus fame) has a hilarious stage presence both in his playing and his talking, and the 3 HA guys bring amazing ideas to the stage when they play. FKW on the other hand is simply raw energy, with amazing musicality crammed into it. I've also been to a gig where I saw Mike and Eric Fratzke (bass) play duets w/o Dave King and that was a very interesting show as well.

Dang, you guys make me want to go see these groups now. Guess i'll have to pull out my FKW cds...
Hey, do you happen to know what kind of setup Michael plays on?

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My two favorite tenor sax players in the same thread... This can't be just a coincidence.

Great video whaler!

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I know I'm the minority here but I didn't like anything I heard. Don't like his tone, don't like his ideas. I listen to a lot too of jazz. I have tons of CD's from young,hawkins,webster to Coltrane,Rollins,Henderson,Getz,Bergonzi and Brecker etc. I just don't get this guys playing. I have to say that I don't really like Ornette coleman or later Coltrane either. So maybe I just don't get it.
 

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First time I heard Lewis was with Happy Apple on their "Youth Oriented" album. I didn't like it very much. I thought hos tone was weird, his ideas and the way the band played did not make sense... but I kept coming back to that album for some reason I'm not sure of. Maybe because they play jazz where musicians play together. Anyway, the more I listened the more I dug it... Now, he and most of the bands he plays with are some of my favorite modern formations.

@Brian, cool let us know if you find out, I'd be very curious to know. I did not think he would be playing an SBA...

Victor.
 
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