• Paquito D'Rivera: Live at NJPAC 10.25.08

    October 26, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Paquito D’Rivera and the Latin Side of Jazz
    Listen to the first set.
    Listen to the second set.

    Paquito D'Rivera inaugurated a weekend of "Alternate Routes" at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and WBGO was there to broadcast the event.  Part of the three day Encuentros! Latin Jazz festival, D'Rivera's two sets at the Victoria Theater were a pan-Latin, pan-Caribbean, and steelpan affair.  Andy Narell joined core members of D'Rivera's group for "Paquito's Latin Side of Jazz," along with bandoneon player Hector del Curto. Taken together, the concert featured carnival-inspired jazz from Trinidad and Tobago, Argentina's tango and nuevo tango traditions, blues for both a fictitious journalist from Kazakhstan and a very real 26-inch "living doll" named Chiquita, a Venezuelan waltz, and jazz from a Puerto Rican.  Here's the breakdown:

    Set One
    1.  Kalinda - composed by Andy Narell
    2.  Bandoneon interlude featuring Hector del Curto
    3.  Oblivion - composed by Astor Piazzolla
    4.  Borat in Syracuse - composed by Paquito D'Rivera
    5.  Manha de Carnaval - composed by Luiz Bonfa
    6.  La Yumba/Caravan - composed by Osvaldo Pugliese/Juan Tizol
    Set Two:
    1.  Valse Venezolano - composed by Paquito D'Rivera
    2.  Preludio #3 - composed by Roberto Pansera
    3.  Chiquita Blues - composed by Paquito D'Rivera
    4.  Libertango - composed by Astor Piazzolla
    5.  To Brenda With Love - composed by Paquito D'Rivera

    Enjoy the concert, and check out more photos after the jump.
    -Josh Read more

  • Live Blog: Anat Cohen at Village Vanguard 10.22.08

    October 22, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Anat Vanguard Door

    Listen to the archived concert.
    See some photos.

    Anat walked into the club a few minutes before doors opened to the public.  She's using a new reed on her soprano saxophone tonight, so she spent some time warming up the soprano and breaking in the new reed.

    The first set is sold out tonight.  There's a party of 16, a party of 10, and a party in the Village Vanguard tonight.

    Anat and I have talked through tonight's program.  Should be a good one!

    Pianist Jason Lindner just arrived.  He and Anat are talking about how to end the second set.  They're ahead of everyone tonight.

    The band's all here.  Showtime in T minus 8 minutes.

    We're live.  Anat Cohen and her quartet (Jason Lindner, piano; Joe Martin, bass; Daniel Freedman, drums) are blasting into a modern arrangement of Fats Waller's "Jitterbug Waltz."

    Anat quotes "Pop Goes the Weasel."  Thad Jones would be proud.   His quote of it from Count Basie's version of "April in Paris" is one for the ages.  One more time!

    Montuno, baby!  Ernesto Lecuona's "Siboney,"  played with vigor.  Anat's clarinet tone is the sound of unbridled optimism.  It's refreshing.

    This is such a difficult song to cover.  If you're gonna tackle Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come," you better bring everything you have to this song.  I believe Anat has done that.

    "Washington Square Park" opens with Jason Lindner plucking the piano strings, which are covered with paper.  It makes the piano sound like a berimbau, or some kind of African-based instrument.  Very cool.

    Anat switches to tenor sax.

    That song went to a lot of places.  All in Washington Square Park.  Now, we're moving into the blues with Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'.  As an aside, I really love Taj Mahal's version...

    Clsong out the set with the Brazilian Duke Ellington, Pixinguinha.  His composition "Um A Zero."  Tudo bem!