René Marie & Bill Henderson
Tonight pianist Miller was really on, having arrived a few minutes late, he made up for lost time by making the most of every note he could find on the Steinway. Joining Mr. Miller and Mr. Bartz were bassist Derrick Hodge and drummer Rodney Green. All of them, full of fire, a fine, working trio with a legendary alto saxophonist ripping through through gut-wrenching solos. I was having an auditory overload this night!
Mr. Miller is one of jazz's most prolific, in demand and highly regarded players of his generation, drawing his influences from McCoy Tyner and Wynton Kelly. Grand master Mr. Bartz has worked with Miles Davis, Art Blakey and Tony Williams. Need I say more? He came out with a couple of altos (a big one and a little one - ha - actually the smaller looking alto was a curved soprano) with his trademark tight little white ponytail and proceeded to release one of the most incredible saxophone solos that I've heard in awhile. (At least as hot as when I saw James Spaulding earlier in the year.)
It was a great night of music. Later that night, for the AFTER HOURS set, was the band BC3 led by drummer Bruce Cox with pianist John DiMartino and bassist Gerald Cannon. I would loved to have stayed, but just didn't have it in me this cold Friday night in New York.
Ingrid Hertfelder/Jazz at Lincoln Center