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Newport Jazz Festival: Sunday, August 8, 2010

By Published: August 18, 2010
Sunday's high temperature eclipsed that of the previous day, and amidst the heat, a collection of electronic swells, snapping harmonics, and bursts of feedback melded atop a banging backbeat—Ken Vandermark
Ken Vandermark
Ken Vandermark
b.1964
saxophone
's Powerhouse Sound exploded into "Shocklee." Elsewhere, David Binney
David Binney
David Binney
b.1961
saxophone
's Third Occasion Quartet could be heard on the Quad stage, and Dave Brubeck
Dave Brubeck
Dave Brubeck
1920 - 2012
piano
sat in with Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis
b.1961
trumpet
.

The day was still far from over, and in the late afternoon, Jason Moran
Jason Moran
Jason Moran
b.1975
piano
began his set by encouraging the audience to sing "Happy Birthday" to the Bandwagon. Moran's last endeavor, Ten (Blue Note, 2010), is named to celebrate the decade his band has spent together creating music.



Opening an electrifying set, Moran's ethereal piano playing segued into sparse chords and repetitious notes, as the band tore into "Blue Blocks." Bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits worked odd meters, procuring deep rhythms, and bringing to life "RFK in the Land of Apartheid." Other selections from Ten included "Crepuscule with Nellie," "Study No. 6" and "Pas de Deux."

As Moran's set ended, Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
b.1940
piano
played on the main stage. In an interesting twist, Conrad Herwig
Conrad Herwig
Conrad Herwig
b.1959
trombone
explored Latin-infused versions of Hancock's music on the Harbor stage, and Chris Botti
Chris Botti
Chris Botti
b.1962
trumpet
closed the night on the Fort stage.


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