Howe Gelb Announces ‘Future Standards’ Tour Dates

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Howe Gelb Announces
‘Future Standards‘ Tour Dates
New Album Out Nov 25th

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‘Future Standards’ Promo Video

Howe Gelb Piano Trio presenting “Future Standards”
22-Nov – ES – Madrid – Clamores
23-Nov- ES – Pontevedra – Sala Karma
24-Nov – PT – Espinho – Auditorio
25-Nov – PT – Lisboa – Mexefest
26-Nov – ES – Zarautz – Cine Modelo
27-Nov – DE – Berlin – B Flat
28-Nov – DE – Münster – LWL Museum
29-Nov- DE – Karlsruhe – Jubez
30-Nov – FR – Paris – Pop Up Du Label
02-Dec- BE – Lessines – CC Rene Margritte
04-Dec – NL – Amsterdam – Zonnehuis
06-Dec- DK – Copenhagen – Bremen Teatre
07-Dec- DK – Odense – Dexter
10-Dec – UK – London – Café Oto

Howe Gelb Piano Solo pre-presenting “Future Standards” 
16-Oct – CH – Vevey – Bout Du Monde Festival
17-Oct – CH – Luzern – Jazzkantine
18-Oct – CH – Zürich – El Lokal

Howe Gelb’s Future Standards began in Amsterdam ended in New York City and in between, was all Tucson.

Let me set the scene – irresponsible lovers are canoodling in semi-lit booths, the jukebox is playing some old tunes by Frank and there’s some people over there who never want to fall in love again. It’s the last bar still open and the piano player mooches over to the battered grand. This guy, we know, is great. He expertly and succinctly slides in words like “iconoclast”, “apropos”, “tumult” and “ludicrous”, he even name checks Constantinople – that’s proper old school.

For those celebrated guys who hit on the standards – Monk, Cohen, Bacharach, even Merle Haggard, Howe Gelb is creating new tunes with cathartic one-liners and malleable melodies that suggest any singer could interpret these dozen American piano ballads and take his offbeat worldview and make it their own. Who wouldn’t want to begin the beguine with the line “World peace declared, no problem spared…”?

These are ‘Future Standards’ by The Howe Gelb Piano Trio, taking an outsider view of early gospel and rhythm and blues both part of the American musical socialization that he touched on with 2006’s ‘Sno Angel’. Now he’s on a jazz-tinged trip, bending the genre, taking it back to his shack, giving an innovative fine tune in the lean-to garage.

Don’t forget, Gelb is a man who’s done acoustic sets where he sings into the pick up of his guitar, he’s rocked out with Giant Sand, re-shaped alt-country and has a back catalogue that’s nothing short of “im-press-ive”. He knows a melody when he plays it.

Now, he’s searching for a way to re-imagine an important genre in the history of song construction and, as ever he’s throwing a spanner in the works, making up words “un-em-barkable” and coming off like Mose Allison on downers, touching on Brubeck’s hand patterns, holding court as a Django-like strummer – Naim Amor – drifts by on an abandoned caboose almost just out of earshot.

Howe Gelb’s ‘Future Standards’ is released November 25th on Fire Records.

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