That was a very excellent last show before vacation. Actually, it was excellent regardless. I'm sorry I can't go again. I'm also very sorry to miss Diaspora Suite at Jazz Standard on Sunday night.
I did get the one night with Jenny Scheinman instead of Charlie Burnham. Both are on the same level, but it was a nice treat to see Jenny in MTO.
They were all amazing as usual. It seemed like a few less players than usual, which was nice. I realized I see all of their individual bands a lot as well.
They did a brand new song from some old cd Steven found in Chicago. It was awesome.
Ben Allison was great. I didn't even miss Tony Sher.
At the end, when Steven was re-introducing the band, the rhythm section started this great groove. Later, the rest of the band joined in for a bit.
It was absoultely fabulous.
I keep thinking of more places for them to play. I think Club Midway would be a good place for Diaspora Suite. Drom would be a nice place for Steven to start playing.