Tomas Doncker

Let’s Active: rock nyc’s Top Concert Picks Week Of November 2nd, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | November 1, 2015

The sold out first in concert performance of the Phoebe Nir musical Diana “Diana & Navy & The Golden Tooth” (“In a post-apocalyptic Southern Bayou, two sisters are separated by war, and must undertake perilous journeys to be reunited”) will be performed at 54 Below on Tuesday, November 3rd. The songs I’ve heard (listen for yourself here), go from sensitive singer songwriter to on the bayou swamp dogginess to borderline skronk. If you can find a way in, I recommend you do so.

Let’s Active: rock nyc’s Concert Picks Week Of October 5th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | October 4, 2015

At midnight, the first song off The Mess We Made, “Church Is Burning Down” is released, and Tomas promises to perform some songs off his mind bending new album live on stage. Really, it is up to you, but if you can possibly make it do so.

Tomas Doncker’s “Church Is Burning Down”, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 30, 2015

The pleasures here are all musical content, the power of the bass, the guitar licks, and Doncker’s torched earth vocal, but the more you listen to the more frustrating it becomes: “Church Is Burning Down” can do no more than observe, it is an act of witness.

U2 At Madison Square Garden, Sunday, July 26th, 2015, Review

By Iman Lababedi | July 27, 2015

As for U2, they are going through the motions and letting the stage do their work for them and even so, when the song and the sound come together, tonight “I Will Follow”, “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, “Pride In The Name Of Love” and “Elevation”, they absolutely justify Tomas’ deep affection.

Tomas Doncker And The Mess We Made

By Iman Lababedi | July 19, 2015

I know Tomas won’t do any of them, and given our respective track records, I tend to think he is probably making the right decision. In the meanwhile, The Mess We Made, with its Beatles and Hendrix references, its rubabdub dubs, its Mayfield falsetto and simmering when not exploding anger, should be with us soon.

Total True Groove Catalog Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | May 28, 2015

Through the past three years, Tomas and his True Groove family have been releasing songs at a ridiculous clip, song after album after song and about to enter its third residency next week in less than year. Before things got completely out of hand, I though I’d work my way through the catalog and tell you what’s out there

The Tomas Doncker – True Groove Top 10 Songs

By Iman Lababedi | April 26, 2015

Doncker should be considered in the same breath as Kanye West in the 2010s. Simply: he is the best. Resolutely color blind, Doncker is a musical chameleon, a superb electric blues guitarists at home in any genre you throw at him. He is always working, always writing, always playing around town and always always always creating

Tomas Doncker And Marla Mase Tonight (Thursday March 26th, 2015) At Duets Brasserie

By Iman Lababedi | March 26, 2015

This residency has been winding its way every Thursday since the beginning of the year, and who knows when it ends, so this is an absolute must see. It will give the duo the time and space they need to expand songs that will live and breath through expansion and improvisation

Great Voices In Harlem, The Gloster Project, AT MIST Harlem, Sunday , March 9th, 2015, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 9, 2015

Any afternoon, any time at all, you get to listen to such a great collection of musicians, especially in such an intimate space, is a great afternoon. Or evening. And in aid of such a wonderful project: music can change your life

Let’s Active: rock nyc Concert Picks Week Of March 2nd, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | March 1, 2015

Gregory Porter is having some 2015, a top 10 album in the UK is great, and the loud and intense approval of your some of the biggest names in pop music, Sam Smith for one, should make this a big gig, but singing a duet with Van Morisson on Van’s next album? That’s BIG. You can catch Gregory yourself, alongside rock nyc friend, bluesman Tomas Doncker, on Sunday afternoon

Protest Songs For Ferguson

By Iman Lababedi | November 26, 2014

It got me thinking of protest songs for the people of Ferguson. I have somewhat liberal friends who agree with the verdict but I don’t. In the end of the Police Force is 98% white and the population of Ferguson is 98% black, this is, to put it simply, apartheid

"Funky World: A True Groove Club/Dub/Dance Compiliation" Review

By Iman Lababedi | September 23, 2014

It is the dub portion that really blows your mind, “Bato Bese” sounds like dub goes to broadway, it is a strange and beautiful thing and even with that the album reaches its zenith with the large and transgressive the Mighty Diamond’s cover “Why Me Black Brother Why” – Lee “Scratch” Perry would be proud to put his name on

That Was The Week Of July 7th, 2014, That Was

By Iman Lababedi | July 13, 2014

Well done, Yankees, Tanaka has a partial UCL tear and is out six weeks if not the year. Why? One thing is for sure, they rode his arm too hard. Whither the Yankees? They spent $500 Million, $209 Million this year alone, and aren’t getting into the post season. Enough. Fire Cashman

Be Here Now – Snapshot reviews Of New Album Release 7-8-14

By Iman Lababedi | July 8, 2014

Moanin’ At Midnight: The Howlin’ Wolf Project – Tomas Doncker band – If you have last year’s This Is The Tomas Doncker’s Band Howlin’ Wolf EP, what do you need this for? Four more songs. If you don’t have the EP, this breakthrough album for the band is the best collection of Wolf covers you will ever hear – ALBUM OF THE WEEK – A

Tomas Doncker Band In Guitar World

By Iman Lababedi | May 11, 2014

On July 8th, Doncker will be releasing Moanin’ At Midnight, a full tribute album to the great Howling Wolf, and, after write ups in most of the world press, including the Huffington Post, and interviews on CNN, now Guitar World are getting into the mix

That Was The Week Of March 10th, 2014, That Was

By Iman Lababedi | March 17, 2014

The week belonged to Tomas Doncker’s True Groove All Stars, their two hour concert at The Cutting Room Tuesday night set the standard for all! A perfect compendium of real soul music that never stopped moving. Meanwhile, Lorde act her age if not older, at a simple, unadorned straight ahead gig at the dreaded Roseland that did her nothing but favors.

The True Groove All Stars At The Cutting Room, Tuesday, March 11th, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | March 12, 2014

The audience let its hair down and Doncker had them snapping their fingers and stomping their feet throughout the show. A master master of ceremonies, Tomas directed the full stage with a sure handedness that soon transcended to rock star cockiness. True Groove has arrived.

James Chance And The True Groove All Stars Cover James Brown

By Iman Lababedi | March 11, 2014

This “I Don’t Want Nobody” is a steady groove with skronking in the song break and Chance yelping and sweating through the track; it is the second time Chance has recorded the classic but this latest version is the better of the two; Chance is in tremendous form here on a recording made late last week.

Active Viewin': Concert Picks Week Of March 10th, 2014

By Iman Lababedi | March 9, 2014

The last time the True Groove All Stars performed was a more than memorable gig at the Blue Note last year, but this one promises to be even better. Not only does Marla Mase have an excellent new album just released but latest True Groove signee James Chance will be there. Shout for “I Don’t Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing”. On Tuesday at the Cutting room

No New York Jazz And Funk Master James Chance Signs To True Groove Records

By Iman Lababedi | February 17, 2014

There couldn’t be a record company more in tune with Chance’s avant garde funk sounds and more considerate of his immense musical gifts. For an early viewing make sure that you check out the True Groove All Stars on March 11th, 2014 at the Cutting Room

True Groove All Stars To The Cutting Room, March 11th, 2014: Be There

By Iman Lababedi | February 15, 2014

The “True Groove All Stars” concert at the Cutting Room on March 11 th will be a terrific chance to reacquaint yourself with the wonderfulness that is Sir Tomas, or the opportunity to catch up with his truly all stars, bassist Kevin Jenkins and spoken word maverick Marla Mase (whose new album is gonna blow you away) at the top of the list

ELEVATION (The Upper Air )- Bernie Worrell Worrell + Laswell= Music Magic

By Tomas Doncker | February 5, 2014

Ikonoklast Bill Laswell for this article, he spoke of the lineage from which the three original soundscapes (and much of the overall “vibe” of ELEVATION) emerged.This music has to be felt, not analyzed, compared, judged or even listened to. It exists in the distance… past and future. Its’ roots go as far back as Miles Davis’ “In a silent way”. It’s beyond music. It’s part of the fabric. It’s Culture”.

When James Chance Beat Up A Woman On Stage!

By Iman Lababedi | January 30, 2014

at the end of the set during “Money To Burn”, James would pull out a wad of cash and put it on fire. Well, this night a woman jumps on stage from the audience and tries to snatch the money out of James hands and James jumps on her and hey fight and fall into Tomas who can’t believe his eyes and wonders if they’re gonna spend the night in jail.

Tomas Doncker's Top 10 Albums of 2013

By Iman Lababedi | December 30, 2013

The two revelations here are Cody Chestnutt’s superb r&b album from late 2012 and Bernie Worrell’s brilliant new album which opens with Miles Davis and closes with Bob Marley and in between is a subtle and beautiful jazz masterwork for piano.

Best Albums Through November 30th, 2013

By Iman Lababedi | December 1, 2013

Darkside – Tom Stoppard And Pink Floyd – A radio play that works as a record album that works as a radio with Stoppards rat-a-tat dialogue and concise storytelling. No, it isn’t “The Invention Of Love” but then neither is “The Coast Of Utopia”.

Shemekia Copeland: The New Queen Of The Blues

By Tomas Doncker | October 11, 2013

Ms. Copeland’s high energy set included tunes from her 2013 Grammy Award nominated album “33 & 1/3” (“Lemon Pie” and “Somebody else’s Jesus”) as well as some of her classics (“Dirty Water”,”Never goin’ back to Memphis” and “Beat up Guitar

Kevin Jenkin's "Step Inside" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | October 9, 2013

Step Inside doesn’t work because of the voice, Kevin has a good voice for sure, and it doesn’t work because of the bass, though the band as a whole goes song after song of strength and determination, it works because the songs are killer

The Global Citizens Festival With Stevie Wonder, the Great Lawn, Central Park, Saturday, September 28th, 2013, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 29, 2013

On a glorious Saturday afternoon drifting into Saturday evening, 60,000 New Yorkers became “Global Citizens”. Well helping the poor is one thing and music is something else entirely and I for one, actually, will be happy to dismiss the entire enterprise for you.

Spotify On Hear Ye: 9-23-13

By Iman Lababedi | September 23, 2013

On A Carousel – The Hollies – This is the sound of the timeless clang of pure pop for now people in the heat of the UK Invasion. Immaculate harmonies, melodies, lyrics and Nash’s first lead singing on the A Side of a single- A+