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Live From New York

May 2009

By Published: May 9, 2009
The union of saxophonist Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano
and pianist Hank Jones
Hank Jones
Hank Jones
1918 - 2010
has yielded three of the past decade's finest recordings: the pair of quartet outings, Joyous Encounter and I'm All For You, plus their marvelous duo excursion Kids: Duets Live at Dizzy's Club. The former two's foursome was reunited for a weeklong engagement at Birdland last month, bringing the music to life with the kind of spontaneous creativity that can only be inspired by the empathetic interaction of truly great artists with an enthusiastic sympathetic audience, both of which were evident in abundance. On just the band's second night together (April 8th) the group played with an uncanny cohesiveness that generally takes weeks, if not years, to develop. Beginning with Thad Jones' "Kids Are Pretty People," taken at an easy grooving medium tempo, Lovano and Jones each demonstrated their own strongly individualistic but ultimately compatible personal styles—the former evincing a soft warm multihued tone, while the latter accompanied him with a hint of striding piano in his inimitable swing-to-bop manner. With George Mraz
George Mraz
George Mraz
' solid virtuosic bass holding down the time and Paul Motian
Paul Motian
Paul Motian
1931 - 2011
's unorthodox drumming moving the music in interesting, often unexpected, directions, they forged ahead, interpreting jazz classics like Monk's "Four In One" and "Rhythm-A-Ning" and standards such as "Stella By Starlight" and "Body And Soul" with never the slightest hint of the commonplace. —Russ Musto

Ted Nash
Ted Nash
Ted Nash
sax, tenor

Ted Nash

Jazz Standard

New York City

April 1, 2009

Multi-instrumentalist Ted Nash

Ted Nash
Ted Nash
sax, tenor
, best known for his classic work in the sax section of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, displayed a more idiosyncratic bent leading his band Odeon at Jazz Standard. The unusual group (humorously described by its leader as an amalgamation of "all the instruments that I hate"), featuring Nathalie Bonin on violin, Bill Schimmel on accordion, Clark Gayton
Clark Gayton
on tuba and trombone and Tim Horner on drums and percussion, with Nash tripling on tenor saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet, played a satisfying set (Apr 1st) that traversed the history of jazz from New Orleans to now. Opening with "Walk This Way," an original with a rollicking Crescent City rhythm held down by Gayton's fluidly blown beat, the curious grouping mixed and matched their distinctive sounds in kaleidoscopic fashion. Nash's "Tango Sierra" found him on bass clarinet with Gayton out front on trombone introducing the Iberian melody that served as a feature for Bonin's brooding gypsy violin and Schimmel's poignant accordion before the composer climaxed the piece with a soulful Eastern-tinged clarinet solo. The group's arrangements of such bebop classics as Dizzy Gillespie's "A Night In Tunisia" and Thelonious Monk's "Four In One," which flanked a reading of the seldom played allegro movement of "Concierto de Aranjuez," breathed new life into the two warhorses, before they brought things back to New Orleans with Nash's "Sidewalk Meeting."

—Russ Musto

Recommended New Listening:

* Diego Barber—Calima (Sunnyside)

* Nathan Eklund—Trip to the Casbah (Jazz Excursion)

* Julian Lage—Sounding Point (Decca/Emarcy)

* Joe Lovano's US Five—Folk Art (Blue Note)

* Akiko Pavolka & House of Illusion—Trust Aqua (Tone of a Pitch)

* Corey Wilkes & Abstrakt Pulse—Cries From Tha Ghetto (Pi) —David Adler NY@Night Columnist,

* Fly—Sky & Country (ECM)

* Indigo Trio (Nicole Mitchell/Harrison Bankhead/Hamid Drake)—Anaya (Rogue Art)

* Joe McPhee—Angels, Devils & Haints (CjR)

* Charnett Moffett—The Art of Improvisation (Motéma Music)

* Eric Revis—Laughter's Necklace of Tears (11:11)

* Lucky Thompson—New York City (1964-65) (Uptown)

—Laurence Donohue-Greene Managing Editor, AllAboutJazz-New York

* Beaty Brothers Band—B3 (s/r)

* Agustí Fernández—un llamp que no s'acaba mai (psi)

* Grix (Floros Floridis/Antonis Anissegos/Yorgos Dimitriadis)—Sweet, Sour, Sharp & Soft (Jazzwerkstatt)

* Gutbucket—A Modest Proposal (Cuneiform)

* Splinters—Split the Difference (Reel Recordings)

* Steve Swell's Magical Listening Hour—Live @ The South Street Seaport (Cadence Jazz)

—Andrey Henkin Editorial Director, AllAboutJazz-New York

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