Thursday, April 06, 2006
"What Is Jazz?" @ BB King's
The "cool" part of the evening was guitarist Charlie Hunter's performance. Hunter's the chameleon of jazz guitar. He can swing, bop, rock, reggae and play avant garde styles. On this night he chose to follow the path of Ornette Coleman, with a more experimental, at times sluggish set. His trio included sax player John Ellis and drummer Derrek Phillips, and was augmented by Sex Mob leader Steve Bernstein on slide trumpet and Adam Deutsch on keyboards for the last two numbers. But no matter how hard they tried, Hunter's band failed to ignite.
DJ Logic played exciting sets between the bands (drummer Bobby Previte's band opened the show).
"We don't know what jazz is," McBride commented. "We're just here to have to some fun." Mission accomplished.
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