Last week my quintet performed at Dizzy’s for three nights of music that was a bit of a retrospective. Warren Wolf (vibes), Steve Cardenas (guitar), Ben Allison (bass) and Matt Wilson (drums) helped indulge me in a journey that embraced “my mythology” - the music and experiences that have shaped who I am both musically and personally.
The program included film music (my father and uncle were prominent studio musicians); my first composition (which I penned at age fifteen and three years later recorded on a Louie Bellson record); movements from original long-form works; and songs by other musicians that inspire me.
This was the first time we five had ever played together, and it was magic. The combination of the coolness of the vibes with the varied attitudes of the guitar, mixed with flutes, saxes and clarinet, created a colorful and evocative front line that was supported and further uplifted by the groovy and creative interpretations of Ben and Matt. The quintet did everything I had hoped for and more.
The performance was lived-streamed and I am hoping it will be archived for future viewings.