Detroit Jazz Festival 2013

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Equally enthralling was the next set by trumpeter Terell Stafford
Terell Stafford
Terell Stafford
b.1966
trumpet
in a quintet with saxophonist Tim Warfield
Tim Warfield
Tim Warfield

sax, tenor
, bassist Rodney Whitaker
Rodney Whitaker
Rodney Whitaker
b.1968
bass, acoustic
, pianist Bruce Barth
Bruce Barth
Bruce Barth
b.1958
piano
, and drummer Dana Hall
Dana Hall
Dana Hall

drums
. Paying homage to Billy Strayhorn, the ensemble's musical concoction was equal parts exploration and burning abandon. Look, these guys are the best in the business and whether it was Stafford blowing a pretty ballad on "Daydream," Warfield unleashing his own sheets of sound, or Barth rollicking along barrelhouse style, the end results were priceless.

Proving to be a hard act to follow, a less incendiary approach would be in the offing as 85-year-old legend Lee Konitz
Lee Konitz
Lee Konitz
b.1927
sax, alto
was next in line on the Pyramid schedule. No less engaging though, Konitz brought his cool voice to such standards as "Solar" and "I Can't Get Started." Right in step with their leader, the backing trio would include pianist Dan Tepfer
Dan Tepfer
Dan Tepfer
b.1982
piano
, Ray Drummond, and the always stimulating Matt Wilson
Matt Wilson
Matt Wilson
b.1964
drums
. A few more trinkets lay in store for those holding out until the end of the evening, but with a full plate, this reviewer retreated to home turf in order to prepare for a Tuesday start to the work week.

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Photo Credit

C. Andrew Hovan

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