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Live From New York

January 2006

By Published: January 17, 2006

Multi-instrumentalist Peter Apfelbaum brought his New York Hieroglyphics into the Jazz Gallery for a rare area appearance. The second set Saturday (Dec. 10th) began with the leader playing a plaintive dirge on melodica over a deep bottom supplied by Patrice Blanchard's electric bass and Norbert Satchel's bass saxophone. The horns, led by trombonist Josh Roseman and trumpeter Peck Allmond, came in and Apfelbaum switched to tenor as drummer Dafnis Prieto picked up the tempo. Guitarists David Phelps and Viva DeConcini joined the fray next - the resultant sound resembling a meeting of the Liberation Music Orchestra and the Mothers of Invention. The suite-like piece continued with Apfelbaum playing piano, moving from folkish African melodies to slow stride to Tyner-ish torrents. Switching back to tenor, he led the group through a mechanistic big band interlude featuring a duet with tenorist Tony Jones. Apfelbaum then put down his horn to accompany with an array of percussion, including bicycle bells, in a spacey interlude with Charles Burnham's violin. Jessica Jones soloed on alto leading into a call and response section with a walking bass line. African vocalist Abdoulaye Diabate added yet another element to the mix. A second piece began with Apfelbaum playing gospel tinged piano, moving into rocking rhythms and a samba section. The finale featured Diabate vocalizing over a polyphonous blending of jazz, Middle Eastern and African melody and rhythm.

New York City's resident hard bop sextet One For All returned to their 'headquarters' uptown at Smoke for two nights of burning straight ahead jazz. Friday night's second set (Dec. 9th) featured the band stretching out on a couple of its staples, beginning with pianist David Hazeltine's Messenger-ish ode to Cedar Walton "The Poo" and closing with the group's collaboratively composed theme "Nothin' To It". In between the group grooved on tenor man Eric Alexander's arrangement of Bill Lee's classic "John Coltrane", which opened with a virtuoso solo bass introduction by David Williams and featured powerful statements from Alexander and trumpeter Jim Rotondi, driven by Joe Farnsworth's propulsive stick and brush work. Trombonist Steve Davis' mellow sound was spotlighted on the set's ballad feature "You Don't Know What Love Is".

The night's final show began with Rotondi's swinging title track to the group's first outing, "Too Soon To Tell", followed by Farnsworth's Eastern- tinged "I See You Brother", which featured muted trumpet wrapped warmly in the harmonies of Alexander and Davis. San Francisco vocalist Kim Nalley sat in for a beautiful rendition of "The Very Thought of You" with exemplary accompaniment from Hazeltine and then swung a straight ahead blues with the band. The satisfying set ended with Hazeltine's soulful "We All Loved Eddie Harris".

~ Russ Musto

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