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Live From New York

June 2009

By Published: June 7, 2009
The New York City jazz community poured into the Cathedral of St. John the Divine to pay a final tribute to the great Freddie Hubbard (May 4th) in a program that showcased the late jazz man's enduring legacy as a composer. Opening with a brass quintet featuring Eddie Henderson out front on Hubbard's mournful "Lament For Booker," a long line of trumpeters took to the stage to play their departed comrade's music. Henderson and David Weiss joined forces for the powerful civil rights anthem "The Core" with Billy Harper, Antonio Hart, George Cables, Dwayne Burno and EJ Strickland and Roy Hargrove offered a warm reading of the classic "Up Jumped Spring" with Cedar Walton, Javon Jackson, Buster Williams, Al Foster and guest James Spaulding on flute. Charles Tolliver led a quintet with Gary Bartz, Cables, Christian McBride and Carl Allen through Hubbard's "Arietis," while Jimmy Owens shined on "Little Sunflower" with Howard Johnson, Spaulding, Russell Malone, Xavier Davis, Burno, Joe Chambers and surprise vocalist TC III. Speakers Ray Appleton and Larry Ridley reminisced on Hubbard's early days in Indianapolis and his ascendancy in New York; Stanley Crouch spoke of his "strength, courage, power, sensitivity and endurance." Wallace Roney burned on "One Of A Kind" and David Weiss fronted his New Composers Octet plus Spaulding on "Blue Spirits" before Randy Brecker, Brian Lynch and Joe Lovano closed with the fiery "Birdlike".

Frank Wess
Frank Wess
Frank Wess
1922 - 2013
sax, tenor


Dizzy's Club

New York City

May 13, 2009

In a career spanning over seven decades, saxophonist-flutist Frank Wess
Frank Wess
Frank Wess
1922 - 2013
sax, tenor
has pretty much done it all, but like many of the artists of his era, it is the swinging sound of a big band that remains dear to him. At Dizzy's Club (May 13th) the Count Basie veteran, dubbed "Magic" by that band's guitarist Freddie Green, cast a spell over an appreciative hand-clapping and foot- tapping audience, fronting a nine piece group that managed to conjure up the sounds of a full big band thanks to the wonderful arrangements of the leader and some of his fabulous sidemen. Opening with an exhilarating up-tempo swing-to-bop reading of Burton Lane's "Come Back To Me," Wess had the three reed-three brass-three rhythm configuration speeding along like a well-oiled machine. Pianist Michael Weiss
Michael Weiss
Michael Weiss
b.1958
piano
, bassist Peter Washington and effusive drummer Winard Harper
Winard Harper
Winard Harper
b.1962
drums
laid down the flagwaving rhythms on top of which Wess, with fellow saxists Ted Nash
Ted Nash
Ted Nash
b.1960
sax, tenor
and Scott Robinson
Scott Robinson
Scott Robinson
b.1959
reeds
, trombonist Luis Bonilla
Luis Bonilla
Luis Bonilla

trombone
and trumpeters Greg Gisbert and Frank Greene, blew a superbly blended ensemble sound. On "Sweet and Lovely," the boss (along with Nash and Robinson) demonstrated his mastery of the flute, the instrument he practically singlehandedly popularized in jazz. Originals "You Made A Good Move" and "All Riled Up" were perfect distillations of the essence of swing and the bossa "Night Flight" a model of beauty. Closing with "Make My Blues Turn Green" Wess proved good music never goes out of style.

—Russ Musto

Recommended New Listening:

* Jack DeJohnette/John Patitucci/Danilo Perez—Music We Are (Golden Beams Prod.)

* Paul Giallorenzo—Get In to Go Out (482 Music)

* Michael Musillami Trio + 3—From Seeds (Playscape)

* The Naked Future—Gigantomachia (ESP-Disk)

* Jeremy Udden—Plainville (Fresh Sound-New Talent)

* WHO Trio (Wintsch/Hemingway/Oester)—Less Is More (Clean Feed)

—David Adler NY@Night Columnist, AllAboutJazz.com



* Jerry Bergonzi/Dick Oatts—Saxology (SteepleChase)

* Agustí Fernández—Un Llamp Que No S'Acaba Mai (psi)

* Gunter Hampel—Lifer (Solo Concert New York) (Birth)

* The Oster-Welker Jazz Alliance— Shining Hour (Jazzed Media)

* Wadada Leo Smith/Jack DeJohnette—America (Tzadik)

* Charles Tyler—Saga of the Outlaws (Nessa)

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

* Marco Benevento—Me Not Me (Royal Potato Family Records)

* Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstacy—Spirit Moves (Greenleaf Music)

* Peter Evans—Nature/Culture (psi)

* Satoko Fujii/Myra Melford—Under the Water (Libra)

* Sex Mob Meets Medeski—Live in Willisau 2006 (Thirsty Ear)

* The Tiptons Sax Quartet—Laws of Motion (Zipa!/Spoot Music)

—Andrey Henkin Editorial Director, AllAboutJazz-New York


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