Tchicai/Kohlhase/Fewell Trio at Brookline Tai-Chi, Brookline, MA
The one announced Kohlhase composition was "Consolation Cake , which is also on Good Night Songs. The piece opened with a swinging, catchy tune with a Monkish turn of phrase. The musicians then deconstructed the tune's phrases, sometimes simultaneously, in a stop-and-start rhythm. On the selection that followed (composer not announced), Kohlhase played a moving, melismatic solo.
Toward the end of the evening, the trio played another multi-section Tchicai-composed piece, which started with a hard-bop-flavored tune on which Tchicai both played and sang scat. The second section had a contrasting, haunting pentatonic melody that sounded Japanese. It then returned to the first melody for solo choruses by all three and ended with the saxophones making the whispering-wind sound the first Tchicai medley. The final selection of the evening was upbeat, with Tchicai playing bass clarinet and singing a few light-hearted lyrics.
Tchicai/Kohlhase/Fewell, Good Night Songs, (Boxholder Records, 2006)
Tchicai/Fewell/Tracanna/Dalla Porta/Manzi, Big Chief Dreaming, (Soul Note, 2005)
Tchicai/Kohlhase Quintet, Life Overflowing (Nada Music, 1999)
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