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This is not yourt parent's Dave Brubeck. For that matter, if you put Brubeck in the Telepod from the 1958 film The Fly, with the spirit of Shawn Lane, and teleported them into the future, that might come closest to describing this "Blue Rondo a la Raad." Brubeck is replaced by Chris Cortez's precisely reverberated electric guitar. Paul Desmond morphs into Woody Witt, and the festivities are started by bandleader Glen Ackerman, who is the product of a gamma-ray irradiated Eugene Wright. Joe Morello? He is played by Joel Fulgrum on this episode of Gilligan's Bikini Atoll.
Cortez and Witt dance during the head arrangement, before Cortez rips out the wires for a full-bore Shawn Lane extravaganza. This is as far from 1959 and Brubeck's classic Time Out (Columbia) as one can get. But the spirit of jazz remains. Witt's roaming alto solo skates across the cosmic funk poured out by Ackerman and Cortez. Ackerman's solo is cogent and melodic, reminiscent of Shawn Lane's partner in crime Jonas Hellborg. An excellent tribute to an original, 50 years on.
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.