Jazz piano par excellence: FCCT Friday night happy hour

Bob King’s pianos don’t believe in musical spaces. This rendition of “Night in Tunisia,” e.g., presents a solid wall of brilliant but super-dense improvisation. When Bob’s in this mode, he says, the piano starts playing him. He’s capable of playing the most delicate, subtlest jazz you could want; but his piano doesn’t always want him to play it this way. So Bob can appear to resist, asserting his basic autonomy by demolishing a piano with his bare hands.

I’m composing a piece for him entitled “Crasheous Crescendo for Jazz Fingers and Medieval Mace.” The only lyrics come right at the end, right after that sudden, shocking silence that finds him sitting amid the rubble. My sheet music says at that point he should mutter, “Darned pianos.”

Only kidding. I’m a big fan. But sometimes he loses me. Which, in some opinion, is easily done. Check out “Take the A-Train” and others on his myspace site, plus comments from his many musical friends. Find performances on YouTube

or catch him live in Bangkok at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT), generally the last Friday evening of each month, and Tuesday nights from 9pm at Nui’s, Sukhumvit Soi 19.

Thanks to Lee for this late addition: Bob’s also playing at Giusto’s every Thursday@9pm (Sukhumvit Soi 23).

3 thoughts on “Jazz piano par excellence: FCCT Friday night happy hour

  1. Boaz Zippor
    a great musician.
    one of the few true originals in bangkok 🙂
    8 hours ago · Like

    Collin Piprell
    Agreed. Any new music bars on your horizon? Cheers
    7 hours ago · Like

    Boaz Zippor
    just some 12 bar blues 😉
    7 hours ago · Unlike · 1 person

    John Hail
    gotta love that picture!
    7 hours ago · Like

    Collin Piprell
    ‎”Whoa! My head just exploded.”
    7 hours ago · Like

    Collin Piprell
    ‎@boaz… 12 bar blues do it for me. Is there any reincarnation of Tokyo Joe’s around town somewhere?
    7 hours ago · Like

    Boaz Zippor
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bangkok-Thailand/Adhere-13th-blues-bar/97360378333?v=wall
    7 hours ago · Like

    Collin Piprell
    Thanks. Looks good.
    7 hours ago · Like

    John Hail
    so this friday’s a bob night? if so i’ll be sure to make it.
    7 hours ago · Like

    Collin Piprell
    I believe it is, and I’m going to try to make it, though my social calendar is groaning under a full load of commitments and I’m an old crock and… And.
    6 hours ago · Like

    Collin Piprell
    Forgot–happy Thanksgiving

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