From traditional klezmer workshops to daring experimental performances with his duo Archer Spade (not to mention his recent Double Decker Music Series engagement), Philly’s Dan Blacksberg covers a impressive expanse of territory with his trombone.
It’s a little tricky, therefore, to guess what that could mean for Radiant Others, the LP he’s releasing on September 27th. His band includes Archer Spade partner Nick Millevoi on electric and acoustic guitar, indicating it could certainly lean more left-of-center. But reading the credits, we see that with the exception of the opening “Doina,” these songs are all pieces of traditional music, arranged by Blacksberg.
Listening to that original, which is streaming right now on Bandcamp, one gets the sense that this collection might just be straddling both sides of Blacksberg’s world. Continue reading →