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Live From New York

December 2005

By Published: December 10, 2005

Jason Lindner concluded the 10th Anniversary celebration of his big band with two adventuresome sets of original compositions at the Jazz Standard Nov. 3rd. The pianist introduced "Space with an electronic keyboard prelude then added his piano with Yunior Terry's bass and Eric McPherson's drums to the mix, before gradually bringing in the eight horns, Dana Leong's trombone leading the pack. A bass solo segued into "Rumors , a feature for Kris Bauman's alternately smooth and scorching alto sax. The beautifully textured "Ingal showcased the versatile reed section, with Jay Collins, Anat Cohen and Chris Karlic opening sweetly on flute, clarinet and bass clarinet and then switching to swinging tenors and baritone for a classic bigband bop ending. Collins put down his horns to sing hip bluesy lyrics on his "Runnin' In A Circle , a funky "Compared To What -inspired original with a boisterous Leong trombone solo and a big "Bang Bang boogaloo finish. Lindner ended the set with his invigorating "The Five Elements and the Natural Trinity , beginning with a spacey keyboard excursion and then pushing the band with his powerfully rhythmic piano, the horns - Duane Eubanks and Avishai Cohen's trumpets on top - screaming a riff alluding to Mission Impossible's theme over a Latin groove, with Collins, Anat Cohen and trombonist Rafi Malkiel soloing heatedly . The equally impressive second set added guest rapper Baba Israel and vocalist Claudia Acuña.

Baritone saxophonist Jason Marshall, the new big horn in town, has been appearing regularly at Sweet Rhythm, serving up real soul jazz with his group Overt Negritude, which adds Vincent Gardner on trombone to his regular working quintet of trombonist Saunders Sermon, guitarist Tom Guarna, organist Adam Klipple and drummer Jerome Jennings. Opening Nov. 6th's second set with "The New Jerusalem , an original straight ahead finger snapper, the leader filled the house with his cavernous sound, harmonizing wonderfully with the two trombones. On his "Marble Hill , a soulful shuffle, he swung heavy, plumbing the depths of the saxophone's range. Jennings opened Kenny Dorham's "Lotus Blossom with a drum solo. Gardner and Marshall bopped hard, with the latter playing with the fleet fluidity of an altoist before launching into some Trane-ish modal intensity complemented by Klipple's subtly eastern sounds. Marshall took it to church on "Breathin' For Jabbo , a slow gospel blues with Gardner playing offstage plunger muted obligatti. The leader's dedication to fellow baritonist Ronnie Cuber, "RC Strut , began with a church organ introduction before moving into a funky James Brown groove underlined by Guarna's rhythmic guitar work, over which Marshall and Sermon blew boisterously. Klipple laid down an organ "bass solo and Jennings jumped up from his kit to play tambourine before the joyous proceedings ended with the group's theme.

~ Russ Musto

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