Ariadne’s Notes: World Poetry Cafe Radio Show, CFRO 100.5 FM , welcomed the talented composer and musician Leslie Pintchik calling in at 1:30 pm PST with the new CD: YOU EAT MY FOOD, YOU DRINK MY WINE, YOU STEAL MY GIRL! Leslie kindly gave advice and wisdom to a young adult in England worried about her career. One of my favorite parts of the show was when she was describing having composed a song and was looking for a title, when she heard a loud voice behind her in New York, shouting: “YOU EAT MY FOOD, YOU DRINK MY WINE, YOU STEAL MY GIRL!” She had the name of her song which became the title of the CD. A fascinating interview with the interesting songs and the exciting guest.
YOU EAT MY FOOD, YOU DRINK MY WINE, YOU STEAL MY GIRL!
WITH STELLAR BAND, FEBRUARY 23, 2018
* Featuring Steve Wilson, Ron Horton, Shoko Nagai, Scott Hardy, Michael Sarin, and Satoshi Takeishi *
“A composer of emotional depth and effortless lyricism.” – DownBeat
“Getting lost in this music is simply a joy.” – AllAboutJazz
“A crafty, lyrically minded improviser and a compelling composer…” – The New Yorker
“…achingly beautiful…a level of intimacy that is rare today in jazz.” – JazzWax.com
Pianist and composer Leslie Pintchik found the title for her new album in one of those “only in New York” moments. While crossing Canal Street at West Broadway in the SoHo section of Manhattan, she heard a voice behind her yell, “You eat my food, you drink my wine, you steal my girl!” As it happened, she’d just completed writing a new composition, and at that very moment she knew she’d found its title. It was a perfect fit for the sharp-elbows vibe of the piece, with its samba-funk groove, understated humor and fender-bender of an ending. So with one gruff shout, serendipity handed her a bold, spunky title, for a bold, spunky tune.
With its implied but elusive narrative and personality to spare, the outburst also turned out to be a perfect title for Pintchik’s new recording, which features six of her original tunes and two standards. As on her five previous albums, Pintchik has penned a collection of songs overflowing with warmth, humor, tenderness, depth and smarts – without forsaking her razor-sharp edge. Pintchik is unique in combining a brisk energy and drive with a gift for accessible, infectious melodies – like that overheard accusation, her music strikes a unique balance between the sharp-edged and the charming. You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl! will be released February 23, 2018 via Pintch Hard Records. In his liner notes for the CD, Allen Morrison writes: “As a composer, [Pintchik is] like a novelist, unspooling each song like a good story with twists and turns, and with a story-teller’s patience and sense of form. And, like a good novel, her songs appeal to both the head and the heart; they are subtle, sometimes wry, sometimes somber. I think they’re not-so-buried treasures, waiting to be discovered by other jazz artists.” In addition, the wide range of grooves (samba-funk with a touch of partido alto, swing, bolero, traditional samba, straight-eighths, and ballads-all played with exceptional skill and pizzazz by Leslie and her top-notch band members) is a great added pleasure.
For this outing, Pintchik returns once again with the musicians with whom she has played and recorded for many years: Steve Wilson on alto sax, Ron Horton on trumpet and flugelhorn, Scott Hardy on bass and guitar, drummer Michael Sarin, and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi. On accordion, Shoko Nagai is the newcomer, and a wonderfully intriguing addition to the mix. Recalling the recording session, Pintchik said “I had the time of my life playing with these extraordinary musicians and people, all gems and superb players.”
“You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!” is not the only mouthful of a title on the album. It’s topped by “Your call will be answered by our next available representative, in the order in which it was received. Please stay on the line; your call is important to us,” which should instantly raise the blood pressure of anyone who’s ever wasted hours of their life on hold to fix – or at least attempt to – a problem that’s already wasted too much time. Fueled by that all-too-common experience, the tune swings hard with a fervor born of equal parts frustration and an antic comic spirit. Special kudos to the rhythm section for its drive amidst the unexpected stops and starts.
From the playful to the poignant: Pintchik’s ballad “Mortal” was written, she says, “to express a sense of life’s fragility, beauty, and especially shortness.” A highlight of the set, “Mortal” showcases a fearless use of space and silence, and gorgeous heart-on-the-sleeve solos from Pintchik, Wilson, Horton and Hardy. (Of particular note is Horton’s flugelhorn solo, which is both beautiful and wrenching.) On the opposite end of the emotional spectrum, “Happy Dog,” as its name suggests, is a cheerful tune. Shoko Nagai plays the melody in unison with Pintchik, and the samba-based rhythm provides a simpatico backdrop for the wonderfully frisky solos of Pintchik, Hardy and Takeishi. Like Pintchik’s tunes, Edward Hopper’s paintings are renowned for suggesting stories not quite told in full within the confines of their canvases. A tune with a straight eighths time feel that features Shoko Nagai on accordion, “Hopperesque” was inspired by the iconic artist’s work, especially those paintings that depict people in the kind of threshold moments that provoke the viewer to wonder what happened before, and what might come after, the scene we’re presented with. “I’ve tried,” Pintchik says, “to capture that feeling of mystery.” One of the earliest tunes written for the album, “A Simpler Time” was inspired by the composer’s trip to the Hancock Shaker Village in Massachusetts, where she was touched by the rare adult cradles that she saw, used to soothe the elderly and infirm. Pintchik characterizes the piece as “an adult lullaby.” In his liner notes, Morrison writes, “There’s an emotional maturity to it that seems to acknowledge that life itself is not simple, that we are often overwhelmed with hard choices and mixed emotions, and we have a universal need for kindness. As with so many of Leslie’s songs, the melody is memorable, but not simple.” Approaching the album’s standards with the same unique perspective and wry insight that she brings to her own tunes, Pintchik plays the jazz and pop standard “I’m Glad There Is You” as a bolero, which affords the melody of this love song a lot of breathing room. Morrison writes, “It’s one of the most tender readings of this great song (by Jimmy Dorsey and Paul Madeira) that I’ve ever heard.” The Jerome Kern/Otto Harbach chestnut “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” is played as a samba, with an added catchy rhythmic hook that bookends the melody. This version features a wonderfully relaxed rhythm section that, in the ending tag, builds up a strong head of caffeinated Brazilian steam, before the rhythmic hook returns, and it’s over and out. Leslie Pintchik Short Bio Before embarking on a career in jazz, Leslie Pintchik was a teaching assistant in English literature at Columbia University, where she also received her Master of Philosophy degree in seventeenth-century English literature. She first surfaced on the Manhattan scene in a trio with legendary bassist Red Mitchell at Bradley’s, and in the ensuing years Pintchik formed her own trio which performs regularly at New York City jazz venues. Pintchik’s debut CD So Glad To Be Here was released in June 2004, followed by Quartets in 2007. About So Glad To Be Here, Ken Micallef wrote in DownBeat “Pintchik’s music is fresh, full of light and instantly invigorating (4 stars).” In the fall of 2010, she released her third CD We’re Here To Listen, as well as a DVD Leslie Pintchik Quartet Live In Concert. Jim Wilke, creator of the nationally syndicated “Jazz After Hours” radio show included We’re Here To Listen on his “Best CDs of 2010” list, and the jazz journalist and scholar W. Royal Stokes included both projects in his “Best of 2010” list. Pintchik’s fourth CD In The Nature Of Things was released on March, 2014. Steve Futterman, in The New Yorker magazine, called it “…one of the more captivating recordings to come out so far this year…”, and Gary Walker of WBGO jazz radio called it “…a gorgeous display of the trio.” In his review of Pintchik’s fifth CD True North-released in March, 2016-Dan Bilawsky in AllAboutJazz.com wrote “Leslie Pintchik’s music has a magical draw to itŠ Getting lost in this music is simply a joy. If 2016 has a more pleasurable listen to offer than True North, this writer hasn’t heard it yet. (4 1/2 stars)”
In addition to composing the music for her band, Leslie has also written the liner notes for some notable recent jazz CDs, including Duologue by saxophonist Steve Wilson and drummer Lewis Nash (on the MCG label), and Daybreak by pianist Bruce Barth (on the Savant label).
Ariadne’s Notes: On March 15, at 1:10 PM PST, the talented poetess Bernice Lever called into the World Poetry Café radio Show. CFRO 100.5 FM to bring the listeners up to date on her poetry, events and wisdom. Also featured was Leslie Pintchik , Jazz great who will be featured next. the show was dedicated to Stephen Hawkins who was a hero to so many including the special abled. The World Poetry Team of Ariadne Sawyer, MA , Victor Shartzman and special volunteer Sharon Rowe. Music from Laura Kelsey’s upcoming new CD: Dispel and from Leslie Pintchik’s new CD: YOU EAT MY FOOD, YOU DRINK MY WINE, YOU STEAL MY GIRL!
BERNICE LEVER, a writer, editor and teacher, creates poetry on Bowen Island. Her 10th book of poems was “Small Acts”, Black Moss Press, 2016. She edited WAVES, Fine Canadian Literature, at York, U., Toronto, 1972-1987. She is a Life member of League Canadian Poets & some other groups.
Bernice’s travels have let her read poems on 5 continents. Her grammar & composition book (now a CD or free PDF) is “The Colour of Words” . If you want a free copy of Bernice’s book, please send her an e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This book has been used around the world to help students with their English.
Although she is active in many national writing organizations in Canada, she is now delighted to be on the west coast again, writing PEACE poems for World Poetry and others.
The World Peace Day has had so many entries far from 67 countries with wonderful poets , musicians and artists, celebrating peace.
Also, in the show were two e-peace poems by : Peace Crusader: Bernice Lever who wrote: ” Here is a Peace Poem from my last book in SMALL ACTS called Peace Gardener I will do what I can to distribute this poem, making copies for the places I will be at the Sept. 13, Canadian authors monthly meeting , eve. at Alliance for the Arts Bldg., on Howe St. and perhaps 1 or 2 other writer gatherings.
I will print some extra copies for Bowen Island Library, Bowen Is. Art Gallery, our local book store, etc. Maybe drop one off at our City Hall, too! “
Cheonhak Kwon debuted in the literary journal Hyundae Munhak, and served as a memberof Jindan Si, a poetry society in South Korea. She immigrated to Canada in 2008, and was awarded the Kyung Hee University Overseas Korean Literary Award in 2010 for the short story “Stuffed Cucumber Kimchi.” Her peace poem is :Everyone is a Prisoner: I am still in an apple seed.
Also included in the show was music from a CD celebrating the 50th anniversary of Poet Carl Sandburg with music and readers from the CD Honey and Salt by Mat Wilson from Braithwaite and Katz. Our great radio engineer Victor Schwartzman also played a poem written by and read by Carl Sandburg.
The WP team: Ariadne Sawyer, host and producer. Victor Schwartzman and special volunteer Sharon Rowe.
Alan Hill is the Poet Laureate of the City of New Westminster BC. He has been previously published in Canada, UK and the USA in over forty publications, including EVENT, Canadian Literature, CV2, SubTerrain, Poetry is Dead and the Cascadia Review. He is the author of two full length books of poetry, The Upstairs Country (2012) and The Broken Word (2013). He began writing in 2001 whilst spending two years living and working in Botswana.