Just stop and imagine how incredible this trio can possibly be. We have an extraordinary Jazz-Americana guitarist, a powerful and stellar saxophonist, and a unique and incredible drummer who fits in anywhere doing his unique thing. That was a thought process I had in the middle of this amazing set of killer music.
For the first piece, the drums had me hypnotized. I could hear greatness from the other instruments, but my attention couldn't leave the awesome sounds coming from Paul Motion. I don't recall him playing so intensely before.
Joe and Bill each had me captivated at different parts of the stellar set. This is one spectacular trio.
Now I want to see something even more unlikely.
or Frisell/Lovano/Ches Smith.
Oh, better yet, Ribot/Zorn/Frisell/Motion/Skerik/Billy Martin/Steven Bernstein/Cyro Baptista. As long as I'm dreaming.
And I should mention the Vanguard recently changed the minimum drink policy. There is still a 1 drink minimum, it's just not included in the price of admission. They reduced the cover $10 and require you to purchase 1 drink. It works out for the non-drinkers who used to have to pay $10 even if they just wanted 1 soda.