San Francisco Music - hello Gino Robair
Having just arrived in the Bay Area, John Butcher and Steve Beresford told me that I must meet Gino Robair a brilliant drummer who has a flair for the experimental. He is known internationally as an improvisor and as a composer.
We had a brilliant time in North Beach in an Italian Restaurant called E Tutto Qua. The highlight of our meal was our conversation, exchanging stories, ideas and comparisons between SF & London, discovering that we have worked with some of the same musicians AND also having the totally addictive Affogato - a dessert of gelato topped with espresso. Imagine the hot bitterness of the coffee combined with the sweetness of the gelato, a delicious composition.
We followed on with drinks at Vesuvio, the bar still with its original decor when the Beat poets used to chinwag over a few pints. I had not realised just how close this area is to China Town and I quite like the idea of Jack Kerouac grabbing a large bowl of won ton noodles before turning up to a poetry evening followed by some liquor.
I ended my evening at the famous City Lights bookshop next door to Vesuvius which has a rather good music book section.
Gino also gave me two CDs both of which I hope to write about very soon, thank you Gino!
Here they are: