September 16, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
The band returned from dinner. Chris Potter is warming up the tenor. Adam Rogers is drinking coffee. We're live in fifteen minutes.
This is "Facing East." The band has played it before, but this is the first time for posterity.
I'll be surprised if we get five songs during this set. They play long.
This is "Viva Las Vilnius," from Follow the Red Line, Underground's most recent CD. Recorded live in this club last year. Love these grooves.
Pop Tune #1
What a great solo by Adam Rogers. Dirty blues.
Chris Potter blistering the audience with a solo. Quotes of "Jean Pierre" and "Nature Boy" in the solo.
Chris Potter has picked up the bass clarinet.
Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe." As a ballad. This is beautiful.
Wow, that was lovely.
Untitled Original. New music
Chris Potter and Nate Smith are playing duo. Whole lotta music goin' on.
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September 3, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
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August 27, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
Thanks for joining us tonight. It seems that New Yorkers consistently pack the Village Vanguard when Kenny Barron plays. Tonight is no exception to that rule. Another crowded house for our live show. Enjoy.
The Kenny Barron 4 are:
Kenny Barron - piano
Kiyoshi Kitagawa - bass
Francisco Mela - drums
Dayna Stephens - tenor saxophone
It has come.
After a brief introduction of the band members, Kenny Barron launches into "Softly As in a Morning Sunrise."
A standard from a standard-bearer of modern improvisation.
Nice bass solo from Kiyoshi Kitagawa. I can hear him breathing. Kiyoshi has been with Kenny Barron for ten years.
9:15pm Um Beijo, a Barron original. On the new CD, The Traveler. Lyrics on the record, sung by Grady Tate.
Dayna Stephens is a young saxophonist with a well-tempered sound. Smoky. I like it.
"Shuffle Boil," a Thelonious Monk composition. Perhaps you know about Sphere, the band that assembled after Monk's passing to continue his music in the famous Monk quartet sound? Kenny Barron, Charlie Rouse (then Gary Bartz), Buster Williams, and Ben Riley. Great records.
Shuffle Boil is at a full boil. Dayna Stephens with a Charlie Rouse-ing solo. Forgive the bad pun...People who know me will tell you I cannot help myself...
Who needs the Democratic National Convention? Give me this.
"Blame it on My Youth"
Kenny Barron was a great admirer of pianist Tommy Flanagan. Flanagan's photo is right next to the piano at the Village Vanguard.
Another original, "New Samba."
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