Written by Patrick Jarenwattananon from WBGO-FM
The band Sexmob specializes in a distinct strain of deconstructionist improvised music: jazz that aims at fun by bouncing off the walls. The quartet has tackled James Bond music, rock covers, Duke Ellington, the Macarena and exotica, plus originals from leader Steven Bernstein. The antic trumpeter, who brings out the slide trumpet with this group, counts on exceptional musicianship from Briggan Krauss (saxophone), Tony Scherr (bass) and Kenny Wollesen (drums), making Sexmob a sort of cover band in the mold of the Ornette Coleman quartet. Its latest album, Cinema, Circus & Spaghetti, takes on music of the film composer Nino Rota.
Sexmob opened for Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom onstage at 92Y Tribeca in downtown New York City as part of the WBGO concert series The Checkout: Live. WBGO and NPR Music presented a live radio broadcast and online video webcast of both sets. For the full concert archive of this series, visit npr.org/checkoutlive.
All performances based on the compositions of Nino Rota.
- “Il Teatro Delle Suore” (from Juliet of the Spirits)
- “La Strada”
- “La Dolce Vita”
- Steven Bernstein, slide trumpet
- Briggan Krauss, alto saxophone
- Tony Scherr, electric bass
- Kenny Wollesen, drums
Producer and Host: Josh Jackson; Audio Engineer: David Tallacksen; Production Assistant: Michael Downes; Video Director: Stew Nachmias. Recorded May 8, 2013 at 92Y Tribeca in New York, N.Y.