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  • Bourne's Mohonk 2015: Winds Of Brubeck

    February 12, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    This is the third of several highlights from this year's Jazz On The Mountain festival.

    Bassist Martin Wind is one of my most regular regulars at JOTM.

    Last year, he played one of the most beautiful concerts ever at Mohonk - a tribute to Bill Evans Turn Out The Stars, which I previewed for WBGO's RADAR when it came out as an album (with an Italian orchestra) last year.

    Photo by Merwin Grossman
    Photo by Merwin Grossman

    For this year, we talked about him playing what he calls "Bass Talk" -  solos, duets, and other groups playing music composed by the great bass players. As he worked on this music, a band evolved with Dave Stryker, Scott Robinson, and drummer Dennis Mackrel.

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    They started with a Sam Jones tune, ended with a Paul Chambers tune, and a beautiful highlight was "What's New?" by bassist Bob Haggart.

    Bassist Chris Brubeck was also slated to perform at Mohonk this year, but could not play. He'd fainted and fallen in the spa. He's okay, but spent the night at the Vassar hospital for tests.

    "Chris Brubeck & Friends" was how the group was advertised, and the "Friends" played on, with Martin Wind filling in on bass.

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    I'd heard the Brubeck Brothers play a great concert in Montreal with Chuck Lamb playing piano. He lives in Denver but was able to come, and he was, as I wanted, spectacular.

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    They played Dave Brubeck classics (for me the tune that turned me on to jazz, "Strange Meadowlark") and originals of Chuck's and guitarist Mike DeMicco's, especially a highlighting song Chuck composed for his lady that danced from his fingers. Scott Robinson joined in on tenor sax for "In Your Own Sweet Way" and on bass sax for "Take Five."

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  • Drummer T.S. Monk With Michael Bourne

    February 12, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Drummer T. S. Monk talks with Michael Bourne about his experiences as a bandleader and with his father, pianist Thelonious Monk. T.S. Monk performs at New York's Dizzy's Club Feb. 18 and 19 with pianist Helen Sung, tenor saxophonist Willie Williams, bassist Kenny Davis, trumpeter Josh Evans, and alto saxophonist Patience Higgins. Enjoy!

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  • The Many Sides Of David Murray

    February 12, 2015. Posted by WBGO.

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    David Murray. (Image Credit: John Rogers for NPR)

    For decades, saxophonist David Murray was a presence in New York City both imposing and prodigious, a hugely talented performer who also collaborated and composed at an astonishing rate. He's now based in Europe, but in early 2015, the Winter Jazzfest — a concert happening which celebrates the depth and breadth of the jazz community — booked him in a way that seemed appropriate to this history: three different sets with three different bands.

    Jazz Night In America speaks to Murray and gathers the story behind these three projects — three of many. We hear a revival of the four-man "clarinet summit" bands he first played in decades ago, featuring Don Byron, David Krakauer and Hamiet Bluiett; a new collaborative trio with heavy hitters Terri Lyne Carrington (drums) and Geri Allen (piano); and a quartet performance spotlighting the performance poet Saul Williams.

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