Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Kendrick Scott Oracle @ Jazz Standard 7/27/10

They has special guest Chris Potter on stage the whole time. It's already a great band, Chris just makes it even better. I've seen all of them before. I really missed Derek Hodge, I feel like I haven't seen him in ages.

It started off with Chris on bass clarinet and Derek on electric bass. I forgot Chris plays bass clarinet! He plays it like he plays the tenor. It's great. We also got a phenomenal bass solo that was very melodic. The guitar solo was brilliant. The whole thing was awesome.

The 2nd song started off with a kickass funky drum solo. It got jazzier as the others came in, but kept that kickass groovy jazz thing in the drums.

I think it was after that that Derek switched to the acoustic upright for the duration. I think after the first song Chris was on tenor for the duration.

Aaron Parks certainly deserves a shoutout. He mainly played piano, but I saw him switch to an electric for the last tune.

This is a great straight ahead trio with a little edge. I'm sure it's still great and a little cheaper without Chris. I think they played Joe's Pub recently. I was holding out for this show, but I would like to see that sometime.

Tuesday July 27

  • Chris Potter - tenor saxophone
    Aaron Parks - piano
    Lage Lund - guitar
    Derrick Hodge - bass
    Kendrick Scott - drums

Kendrick Scott is not only (to quote the NY Times) “a jazz drummer conversant in an ultra–modern sense of propulsion” but also a composer, bandleader, and music entrepreneur of significance on the current scene. The Houston, TX native has been a mainstay of the Terence Blanchard band for the past six years; he contributed tunes and orchestrations to the trumpeter’s Grammy–nominated Flow (Blue Note, 2005) and the Grammy–winning A Tale of God’s Will (Blue Note, 2007). Not yet 30 years old, Kendrick has gigged and/or recorded with a host of boldface names ranging from Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter to Patti Austin and the Crusaders. In 2007, Kendrick Scott launched the World Culture Music label as a vehicle for the dissemination of his own music (including his 2009 CD Reverence) as well as that of other likeminded performers. "A true artist of the highest order. He is exactly what the music world needs: someone with the vision and courage to press forward and expand the world of music.” (Terence Blanchard)

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