Entries by Casey

Vita.MN / Tom Surowicz

Probably best-known around town as the rock-solid, hard-driving bassist of the ebullient Sonny Knight & The Lakers, Casey O’Brien is an improvising jazz man at heart. He proves it on a spare and beautiful new trio release called, “Ghost Dance,” co-starring the simpatico drummer, Davu Seru, and Fantastic Merlins saxophonist, Nathan Hanson. The often folksy-sounding, […]

Jazz Favorites of 2014 / David Cazares / MPR

“One of the best surprises of the year came in December, when bassist Casey O’Brien announced a new recording that includes Nathan Hanson on saxophones and Davu Seru on drums.On “Ghost Dance,” the trio performs eight original compositions by O’Brien, the house bass player for the soul and R&B label Secret Stash. On the album’s […]

Our Two Cents / Bebopified / Pamela Espeland

“Because this came as such a sweet end-of-year surprise. It almost didn’t make the list; I learned about it second-hand and listened at the last possible minute. (It wasn’t officially available until December 14. The CD release is set for January 5 at Icehouse.) So glad I did, because it’s a beauty. O’Brien on bass, […]

Picks / Jazz Police / Andrea Canter

Given his background and recent projects, as well as his cohorts on the new recording, it’s reasonable to expect the unexpected on Ghost Dance. Overall, the mood and collaborative interactions suggest ECM has set up a Minnesota outlet; the all-original music (written by O’Brien) flows like a series of incantations. The Gods must be pleased. […]

Laundry Day Mix 8.18.2013

Today is laundry day. Holy god is it laundry day. I feel like I have been wearing the same 6 articles of clothing for the last 4 months. Anyways, I have some time on my hands so i decided to put together a list / mix of the songs that have been on steady rotation for me over the last couple weeks. Enjoy.