I recently had the good fortune of recording Wil Blades on his Hammond B3 organ and Leslie amp and Scott Amendola on drums playing live in a duo format at the Red Poppy Art House in the Mission District. I met Wil through another drummer a few months ago, and when I noticed he was playing at the Red Poppy (a venue I’ve taped at previously), I contacted him to see if he’d be cool with making another live recording. Luckily for me and you, both he and Scott agreed.
The two of them have been performing together in various musical arrangements for the last few years, and the duo concept came out of their interest in keeping the music open, dynamic, and wide. On this night, the two played some of their original compositions as well as parts of Duke Ellington’s Far East Suite (arranging it down from a 15-piece band to a duo format!). Wil and Scott were gracious enough to grant me permission to share the entire recording of both sets plus a four-minute video from the night’s performance.
So please enjoy the recordings, and don’t forget to support both of these amazing musicians whenever you have the chance. You can find more info about their albums and upcoming gigs on their respective websites that are linked above.