Caramoor Jazz Festival 2005: Day 1
Bird and Diz Live was the theme of McPherson and Harrell's set. As billed, the group ripped through tunes by Gillespie and Charlie Parker, McPherson in great form, his speed and dexterity an appropriate choice. Harrell is not a Gillespie acolyte, his sound more full and phrasing more melodic than the dazzle of Dizzy. Yet the difference wasn't important. Harrell can play, and was a good foil for McPherson's more fierce bebop offerings. It was a good set of tunes like "Quasimodo, "Anthropology and "A Night In Tunisia.
Day Two of the festival is Saturday, Aug. 6, and features a tribute to Sinatra, pianist Bill Charlap, trombonist Steve Turre, vocalist Luciana Souza and more.