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  • Tom Harrell's 'Colors Of A Dream': Live At The Village Vanguard

    March 27, 2013. Posted by WBGO.

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    Tom Harrell at the Village Vanguard. (Image Credit: John Rogers for NPR)

    At 66, the jazz trumpeter Tom Harrell is as busy as ever: His current band has released five excellent albums since 2007 alone. (It performed for this concert series in 2009.) He's so prolific that he's been writing and arranging music for other ensembles all the while. Last year, Harrell presented a nine-piece chamber jazz ensemble, and he's been at work on a new, piano-less project. That band, called Colors of a Dream, supplements most of his working quintet with new additions — saxophonist Jaleel Shaw and bassist/singer Esperanza Spalding.

    A veteran of bandleaders like Horace Silver and Phil Woods, Harrell visits the Village Vanguard to present the next step in his now-hefty solo discography. WBGO and NPR Music featured Colors of a Dream in a live online video webcast and radio broadcast.

    Set List

    All compositions by Tom Harrell.

    • "State"
    • "Phantasy In Latin"
    • "2013 Blues"
    • "Sail Away"
    • "Sunday"
    • "Nite Life"

    Personnel

    • Tom Harrell, trumpet/flugelhorn
    • Jaleel Shaw, alto saxophone
    • Wayne Escoffery, tenor saxophone
    • Esperanza Spalding, bass/vocals
    • Ugonna Okegwo, bass
    • Johnathan Blake, drums
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  • Chris Potter Quartet: Live At The Village Vanguard

    February 6, 2013. Posted by WBGO.

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    Chris Potter (center) performs live at the Village Vanguard. (Image Credit: John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com)

    The history of jazz is often told as a sequence of epic heroes, legends whose careers proceed from one great accomplishment to another. Coincidentally, the saxophonist Chris Potter, bright-toned and gymnastically powerful, has been reading Homer lately. That's inspired his latest suite of compositions, a collection of tuneful numbers based on The Odyssey. The Sirens is geared largely around a quartet of widely admired musicians, not least of whom is Potter himself.

    Like brave Odysseus, Potter returns to a place which has been a home base for him. His quartet celebrates the release of The Sirens at the Village Vanguard in New York. WBGO and NPR Music presented a live radio broadcast and video webcast of the Chris Potter Quartet in concert.

    Set List

    All compositions by Chris Potter unless otherwise indicated.

    • "Wine Dark Sea"
    • "Wayfinder"
    • "The Owl Of Cranston" (P. Motian)
    • "Kalypso"
    • "The Sirens"
    • "Sky"

    Personnel

    • Chris Potter, saxophones
    • Ethan Iverson, piano
    • Larry Grenadier, bass
    • Eric Harland, drums
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  • David Virelles Continuum: Live At The Village Vanguard

    January 30, 2013. Posted by WBGO.

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    David Virelles. (Image Credit: John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com)

    David Virelles moved to New York in 2009 — and, following in a long line of Cuban-born pianists before him, quickly found himself in several bands led by elite jazz musicians. But Virelles also moved to study composition with iconoclast Henry Threadgill, and what he's come up with as a bandleader extends beyond music. His album Continuum, released in 2012, features musicians of multiple generations; it also weaves in computer-generated textures, poetry (in Spanish as well as Afro-Cuban religious languages) and the abstract paintings of Alberto Lescay. It's a back-to-the-future recording, a work of mystery.

    Having played the Village Vanguard as a sideman for Mark Turner and Chris Potter, Virelles makes his debut as a leader at the hallowed venue with the Continuum band. WBGO and NPR Music featured David Virelles in a live online video webcast and radio broadcast.

    Set List

    All compositions by David Virelles.

    • "One"
    • "El Brujo and the Pyramid'
    • "The Executioner"
    • "Mokongo"
    • "Threefold"
    • "Biankomeko"
    • "To Know"

    Personnel

    • David Virelles, piano
    • Román Filiú, saxophone
    • Ben Street, bass
    • Andrew Cyrille, drums
    • Ogduardo "Román" Díaz, spoken word/percussion

    Credits

    Host and Producer: Josh Jackson; Audio Engineer: David Tallacksen; Production Assistant: Michael Downes. Recorded Jan. 30, 2013 at The Village Vanguard in New York, N.Y.

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