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Take Five With Bob Albanese

By Published: August 12, 2009
My dream band would include my present most versatile trio with Tom Kennedy
Tom Kennedy
Tom Kennedy
b.1960
bass
(bass) and Willard Dyson (drums) at the nucleus. Many configurations could ensue from there, from quartet with a strong, story telling soloist such as Ira Sullivan
Ira Sullivan
Ira Sullivan
b.1931
reeds
, Adam Niewood
Adam Niewood
Adam Niewood
b.1977
saxophone
, Claudio Roditi
Claudio Roditi
Claudio Roditi
b.1946
trumpet
, Frank Wess
Frank Wess
Frank Wess
1922 - 2013
sax, tenor
, Lew Tabackin
Lew Tabackin
Lew Tabackin
b.1940
sax, tenor
, Randy Brecker
Randy Brecker
Randy Brecker
b.1945
trumpet
, Bob Mintzer
Bob Mintzer
Bob Mintzer
b.1953
saxophone
, Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
b.1933
saxophone
, Steve Slagle
Steve Slagle
Steve Slagle
b.1951
sax, alto
, Bob Mover
Bob Mover
Bob Mover
b.1952
saxophone
, Bob Francesini, Bob Malach, Dick Oatts
Dick Oatts
Dick Oatts
b.1953
saxophone
, Walter Smith Jr, Dori Cayami, Ralph Moore
Ralph Moore
Ralph Moore
b.1956
, Roy Hargrove
Roy Hargrove
Roy Hargrove
b.1969
trumpet
, Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano
b.1952
saxophone
, Tim Hagans
Tim Hagans
Tim Hagans
b.1954
trumpet
, Paul Meyers
Paul Meyers
Paul Meyers

guitar
, Loretta Ables, Azure McCall, Rachel Gonzales, Diane Reeves, Esperanza Spalding
Esperanza Spalding
Esperanza Spalding
b.1984
bass, acoustic
, Gretchen Parlato
Gretchen Parlato
Gretchen Parlato

vocalist
, Wayne daSilva, Joe Locke
Joe Locke
Joe Locke
b.1959
vibraphone
, Filipe Salles, Joe Magnarelli
Joe Magnarelli
Joe Magnarelli
b.1960
trumpet
, Tom Waits
Tom Waits
Tom Waits
b.1949
vocalist
.

Other favorite bass players:

John Benitez

, Ruben Samama, Ugonna Okegwo, Ratzo B. Harris
Ratzo B. Harris
b.1955
bass
, Luques Curtis, Ruben Rodriquez, Mario Rodriquez, Doug Weiss. Other favorite drummers: Victor Lewis
Victor Lewis
Victor Lewis
b.1950
drums
, Victor Jones, Steve Davis
Steve Davis
Steve Davis
b.1967
trombone
, Joe Ascione
Joe Ascione
Joe Ascione
b.1961
drums
, Steve Williams
Steve Williams
Steve Williams
b.1956
drums
, Steve Johns, Henry Cole
Henry Cole
Henry Cole

drums
, Obed Calvaire, William Clarke
William Clarke
1951 - 1996
harmonica
, Mike Clark
Mike Clark
Mike Clark
b.1946
drums
, Daduka deVonseca, Steve Berrios
Steve Berrios
Steve Berrios

percussion
, Robby Ameen
Robby Ameen
Robby Ameen
b.1960
drums
, Roy Haynes
Roy Haynes
Roy Haynes
b.1926
drums
, Al Foster
Al Foster
Al Foster
b.1944
drums
, Paul Motian
Paul Motian
Paul Motian
1931 - 2011
drums
, Frank Bambara, Yayo... Nana Vasconcelos
Nana Vasconcelos
Nana Vasconcelos
b.1944
percussion
... so many drummers, so little time.

My ideal big band is an extended eight brass five saxophones 18-piece band with vibes, guitar optional second keyboardist, and multi-percussionist . I like to include tuba and French horn when possible.

My ideal jazz philharmonic includes the large ensemble described above plus full string sections, woodwinds, brass, timpani and harp.

My musical directions follow a jazz aesthetic with leanings toward Latin, Brazilian and ethnic influences, as well as everyday influences of American melting pot (especially NYC).

Road story: Your best or worst experience:

On Buddy Rich

Buddy Rich
Buddy Rich
1917 - 1987
drums
's band in 1981, the bus got stuck in the mud in Terra Hoate, Indiana... Buddy ordered the band to get out and push. Everybody seemed to look up at him like "are you serious?" ... he was. Eventually took numerous hours for the bus to be towed out of mud. Then drove 30 hours straight to gig in Las Vegas (the Jerry Lewis Telethon). Buddy, in typical fashion, played unbelievable... but chose to end the 15-minute slot after the first tune because he didn't like that he was kept waiting so long.

Playing with an organ trio on the corner of 42nd and 6th Ave one summer in the '80s, Stevie Wonder walked by with brother Milton and dropped a sizable tip in my top pocket while I played under the hot sun with my shades on.

Playing in Grand Central station on Casio keyboard with Tim Horner on congas in the early '80s, and got a summons for "entertaining the passengers." from a cop named "Officer Nodo."

My best gig to date was the one I did with my trio with Ira Sullivan for my CD release party for One Way Detour, at Smalls Jazz club in Greenwich Village.

Favorite venue:

Smalls (10th St NYC), Oscar Peterson Theatre (Montreal, Canada) Concert Haus, (Berlin, Germany), Newport Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Jazz A Junas, (Junas, France), The Sunset Club (Paris, France), Concert Hall Issi li Moulineau, France. Citi Jazz, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sweet Basil Tokyo, Japan, Blue Note Club, Fukuoka, Osaka, Japan, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola.

Your favorite recording in your discography and why?



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