Ben Neill and XIX performed this evening at Joe’s Pub and were a delight for the ears. I mentioned them in a previous post. To recap, Neill plays the mutant trumpet, a musical instrument he designed with some assistance. His previous works have tended towards electro-jazz with elements from hard drum and bass to more moody ambient samples. XIX is his latest project and includes Mimi Goese on vocals, John Conte on bass and Jim Mussen on drums. All of their songs include samples of nineteenth century music which adds an eerie, haunting quality. It also allows them to avoid paying copyrights for the samples.
The show was excellent, if brief (only an hour). Joe’s Pub is a great place to hear live music but they book so many shows per night (2-3) that the sets are usually quite short. But for $12 I certainly cannot complain.