Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Jeff "Tain" Watts @ Jazz Standard 8/12/10

I think this is the same band I saw after Herbie Hancock earlier this summer. Tain's projects are always fabulous. Having David Kikoski on piano brings it up a few notches - he's unbelievable.

The set was about 75 min and fantastic. They ended with a spectacular piece that had lots of chunks of "NOLA feel" in it.

They are about to record this music and it should be a good one.

Thursday - Sunday August 12 - 15

Steve Wilson – alto & soprano saxophones
David Kikoski – piano
James Genus – bass
Jeff “Tain” Watts – drums
One of the most dynamic and in–demand drummers on the scene today, Jeff “Tain” Watts is also an adept bandleader and creative composer: He wrote all ten tunes on his 2009 album Watts, featuring Terence Blanchard, Christian McBride and Branford Marsalis. For this special Jazz Standard engagement, “Tain” has recruited a top–shelf group of veteran players including saxophonist Steve Wilson, pianist David Kikoski, and bassist James Genus. “Watts is a one–man percussion ensemble, shoe–horning a loose–limbed pulse into the tightest of time–keeping. The tension created is truly propulsive, whirling through blues, contemporary swing, and a beautiful ballad.” (Financial Times)

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