For more information, go to uncertaintymusic.com.
Nu Soil Ship is the name of Palmer's large ensemble but there is no information about the group he's bringing to Old Lyme save the names of saxophonists Bruce Williams and Ronald Sutton, Jr. No matter who's in the band, the music should be energizing and challenging. Palmer and Nu Soil Ship hit the stage at 8:30 p.m.
The door opens at 7:30 p.m. and the Jimmy Greene Quartet hits the stage at 8:30. For reservations and more, call 860-434-0886 or go to thesidedoorjazz.com. To learn more about the saxophonist, go to www.jimmygreene.com.
For the Hartford date, which begins at 6 p.m. with trumpeter Ricky Alfonso's group, Finlayson's quintet includes Miles Okazaki (guitar), Matt Mitchell (piano), John Hébert (bass), and Craig Weinrib (drums). It's quite a band and they should be firing on all cylinders.
For more information about the series, parking and rain location, go to hartfordmondaynightjazz.com. And, if you can't get to the Park, you can listen to the entire shore on WWUH-91.3 FM or online at www.wwuh.org.
Recording # 18 is here and it's his first on a European label. "Blue Dialect" arrives on Clean Feed based in Lisbon, Portugal. Pavone, who turns 75 in November of this year, wrote all of the pieces save for one group improvisation and is in the impressive company of pianist Matt Mitchell (Tim Berne's Snakeoil) and drummer Tyshawn Sorey (Paradoxical Frog, Steve Lehman). As to be expected from a Pavone program, the pieces are composed to features the interactions of the trio and build upon the impressive melodies. There's a mighty undertow of "swing" on "Two One" (listen to how Sorey converses with his cohorts from the drum chair) while "Xapo" has an intensity fired again by the propulsive drumming and the powerful countermelodies from the bass. "Silver Print" may remind some of the Duke Ellington/Max Roach/ Charles Mingus 1962 "Money Jungle" especially in how the rhythm section creates the tension that is released when the pianist moves into a higher gear.
I do love the energy of these performances, the tension and release, the leaps of faith each musician takes because of their relationship to each other and the music. "Blue Dialect" doesn't reinvent the piano trio as much as the 3 musicians shun the conventional approaches, eschew cliches, and has a relentless forward motion. Kudos to leader Mario Pavone, Matt Mitchell and Tyshawn Sorey for this splendid music.
For more information, go to www.mariopavone.com (although it needs a bit of an update).
Here's the group in action courtesy of Scott Friedlander:
The music and performances on "Open Road" refers back to the Prestige, Blue Note and Impulse sessions of the late 1950s through the mid-1960s. And the musicians do so without sounding deferential or imitative. For his 15th date as a leader, Walt Weiskopf gives listeners a welcome rush of fresh musical air to breathe deeply and savor.
To find out more about the saxophonist, go to www.waltweiskopf.com. For more information and a slew of sound clips, go to www.posi-tone.com/openroad/openroad.html.