Not at all what was foreseen, and so much for one’s preconceived notions. Knowing that Cadence Records has a tendency to veer toward the avant–garde, I suspected that this date by pianist Pagán’s quintet might answer to that description. Not so. I’ve checked and double–checked, and you can rest assured that Pagán delivers the whole package — melody, harmony and rhythm — in abundance. Beyond that, he is an eye–opening and ear–catching pianist, technically sound and conspicuously resourceful, who writes about as well as he plays, which is quite well indeed. Pagán, who teaches at the University of Colorado in Boulder, composed six of the eight songs on Is Waiting for You (the others are the standard “My Old Flame” and pianist Bill Evans’ playful “Show–Type Tune”), and each one has charm to spare. Although billed as a quintet, there are only two selections — “Bossa for Betty” and “Show–Type Tune” — on which all five members play as a unit. On four numbers, Pagán is accompanied only by Fedewa and Brothers, while Morgan is featured with the trio on “My Old Flame,” Holland on “To Billy Strayhorn” (on which his mellow flugelhorn never strays). Morgan’s Lovano–like tenor brightens “Flame,” which is outstanding, but so is everything else (dig how Pagán deftly inserts a quote from “Old Man River” and Morgan from “Slow Boat to China” on “Show–Type Tune”). After the first few bars of “Trio Etude,” I was hooked. I suspect you may be too.
The best show I ever attended was the Zawinul Syndicate at the Blue Note in 1997. Being the youngest kids in the room, the host put us right in front of the band. The afro-beat electric set blew the roof off the building, an unforgettable sound
The best show I ever attended was the Zawinul Syndicate at the Blue Note in 1997. Being the youngest kids in the room, the host put us right in front of the band. The afro-beat electric set blew the roof off the building, an unforgettable sound. After, my girlfriend and I just sauntered up the stairs to the green room to meet the
band. I posed for a picture with Joe, after talking a little bit about boxing and how to stay healthy while the other guys in the band tore through a bucket of fried