A standing ovation greeted the end of the set, and although no encore was forthcomingtoo often crowds believe an encore is an automatic right, as opposed to a gift rewarding clamornobody was complaining.
For twenty plus years Ballard has been a little in the shadows of the giants for whom he has kept time, from Ray Charles to Chick Corea, Pat Metheny and Brad Mehldau. Maybe now his moment has arrived to step out as a leader and Fairgrounds could well be the perfect vehicle. If the quartet sounds this good after just a handful of gigs, it's exciting to imagine where it might be a year or two down the line.
I love jazz because it is the only existing music style which let you
I was first exposed to jazz by Gunther Hampel in Hamburg, around 1972.
I met Ornette Coleman, Butch Morris, Karl Berger, Michel Camilo, a.o.
The best show I ever attended was Salif Keita at the Blue Note in
The first jazz record I bought was the Tony Scott and Hozan Yamamoto
My advice to new listeners: when you listen to my music, please be a
part of it.