Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band
Haynes then called two songs written by his living collaborator, guitarist Pat Metheny. On "James," the musicians opted to play around the tune's joyous melody, preserving its integrity. "Question and Answer," one of Metheny's more involved compositions, gave each member more to work with. The dramatic, lyrical waltz was traversed by Shaw's soprano, with the fire of early '60s John Coltrane. Bejerano and Shaw punctuated the modal sections with yearning, way inside playing, and harmonically breezed their way through the more complicated sections. Haynes clearly admired the melody's 4/4 over 3/4 technique, and took every opportunity to imply it, almost playing an entire A section in 4/4.
Throughout the show, Haynes maintained a strong stage presence, and established a question-and-answer rapport with the audience, playing Thelonious Monk's "Green Chimneys," per a request from the crowd. Bejarano's approach to Monk was appropriately spiky, but as is the obligation of all pianists playing Monk, did not merely imitate the legendary pianist's signature style, preferring a rounded out, flowing touch. The set ended with Charlie Chaplin and Al Jolson's standard, "Anniversary Song," with Haynes, at various points, getting up from his drum set and asking for audience participationeither clapping or singing. In any other context, these would have seemed like the gestures in which a wedding DJ might indulge; however, when backed by the ferocious prowess of Haynes and his band, what could have been the hokey attributes of a DJ-for-hire became the affirmation of this drum icon's sprightly disposition: a fountain of youth, fit to overflow.