This was a great 1 hour and 40 min set at The Stone. They each caught me at different moments. I love Don Byron's clarinet and tenor. He's very talented. Ben Wittman had a bunch of cowbells attached in various areas of his kit. He was really great and I had a bunch of "aha" moments with him. Kermit had me really paying attention at parts. He's pretty unique while playing more straight ahead type music (sort of). I enjoyed Ralph in this. At first I was wondering what he was doing there, he's VERY straight ahead. Soon after, I was wondering how they could do it without him.
It was such a treat to get this ensemble in such an intimate setting. It's part of why I love the place so much. I'm so happy they gave us so much music in that one set.
Don Byron's Swift Boat
Don Byron (clarinet, tenor sax) Ralph Alessi (trumpet) Kermit Driscoll (bass) Ben Wittman (drums)