It's not often that a writer has a chance to compare a prior opinion to an actual recording that ensued from a concert at which he was present. I was duly impressed by the Santa Fe-based Southwest Jazz Orchestra's performance last July 1 at the Albuquerque Museum of Art, and equally so by the ensemble's inaugural CD, nicely recorded that evening by Art Welter. In other words, the concert, as a whole, was as admirable as I'd remembered.
As in any such event, of course, some moments are more pleasing than others. To me, the concert/album's explicit highlights are Gerry ...read more