's Liberation Music Orchestra. Malaby made his last Bay Area with LMO at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, but otherwise rarely appears in the city.
Fortuitously for his fans, the San Francisco Jazz Festival brought Malaby, with his Tamarindo trio, to the attractive Swedish American Hall, a large, attractive wood-floored room above the hipster- frequented Café Du Nord on Market Street, near downtown San Francisco.
Taking the stage wearing a wrinkled, long-sleeved blue shirt and jeans, Malaby played an aged tenor saxophone (showing a green patina from oxidation), as well as a newer-looking soprano. To his rear sat drummer Mark Ferber
Malaby commenced playing tenor on "Buried Head," with Ferber on mallets; later on the drummer shifted to brushes and Malaby to soprano. Parker fingered his bass and nodded; Mark tapped out a marching beat with his sticks. Things continued on this way during the transcendent 75-minute performance, as the trio performed "Hibiscus," "Floating Head," "Floral and Herbacious," "Mariposa," "Remolino," and "Tamarindo," a theme appropriately named after the trio. Ferber tapped his drums with his hands and played his Istanbul cymbals while Parker plucked and bowed his bass, moving his long fingers right up to the top of the bridge and plucking. Malaby played both tenor and soprano throughout the set, offering short bursts on soprano which headed up into the shrill registers, as well as playing almost flute-like riffs on the horn.