Sunday, November 17, 2013
Very Good Vibes + 3 Nights at The Side Door + Piano Trio Joy
Chris Dingman et al will play 2 sets - 8:30 and 10 p.m. - for ticket information, go to firehouse12.com or call 203-785-0468. To learn more about this fine musician, go to www.chrisdingman.com.
Doors open each evening at 7:30 p.m. with the first set at 8:30. For more information, go to sidedoorjazz.com or call 860-434-0886.
Scheduled to appear at The Side Door on November 29 is pianist Glenn Zaleski with bassist Dezron Douglas and drummer Craig Weinrib. The pianist just subbed this week for John Escreet in Jamie Baum's Septet and Quintet appearances in Massachusetts and Connecticut (including The Side Door) - he's also a member of a collective trio with drummer Colin Stranahan and bassist Rick Rosato whose 2nd CD has just been issued.
3 of the 9 tracks are composed by bassist Rosato including the delightful "Rock Song" which dances, stops and starts, changes pace and keeps one off-guard all the way through. His "Migrations" opens quietly but soon Stranahan's rapid-fire snare work electrifies the proceedings. "Vio" commences with a long unaccompanied bass melody before the rest come in with a thematic line that one hear as the theme song from a 1940s movie. The pianist articulates his notes so well you can feel that he knows the words.
Stranahan, who is rapidly making a name as a "go-to" drummer, composed "Motian Sickness"; obviously dedicated to the late drummer/composer, the minimalist melody in the bass and piano stand in contrast to the to active drum work (the cymbal work throughout is striking - no pun intended). The melody that emerges out of the song's chords, especially close to the end of the piece, is rich with emotion.
With the exception of afore-mentioned Monk piece, the remaining 4 tracks are credited to the pianist. You will not hear a prettier melody this year than the one from Zaleski's "Chorale (for Fred Hersch)" - even the bass solo shines with melodic intensity. This cut does have the feel of the Keith Jarrett Trio with Jack DeJohnette and Gary Peacock but is no imitation. The pianist also penned "Forecast", a romp that jumps from the opening note. The trio's interactions are so enjoyable, breath-taking at times.