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Christian Scott Exhales Beauty In Berlin

Yesterday You Said Tomorrow

Yesterday You Said Tomorrow

Back in February Christian Scott and his quintet were on tour in support of his groundbreaking new jazz album, Yesterday You Said Tomorrow.  This video catches the band in Berlin performing “Isadora.”

It’s a mesmerizing performance.  “Isadora” is a slow sensual waltz held  rhythmically together by Kristopher Funn’s bass and Jamire Wilson’s cymbals.  His brushed snare swirls,  an extension of Scott’s  warm, muted, breathy tone.  Pianist Milton Fletcher and guitarist Matt Stevens repeat a descending figure that keeps “Isadora” from drifting away completely, as Scott breathes the melody directly into our hearts.

I found myself drawn into this piece the way one might be lean in closer to someone when they lower their voice to tell you something special.  Christian Scott has important stories to tell on Yesterday You Said Tomorrow, and this performance of  “Isadora” is a wonderful invitation to listen closely.

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I really like  this video, which was shot from one rock-solid stable position. I’m able to look at the entire band from an audience member’s vantage point.  Sometimes simplicity is a beautiful thing.

Christian Scott Quintet live in Berlin
18 February 2010
“Isadora” 7:45

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The Underground Gets Down In Stuttgart

Underground

Underground

This is tenor sax jazz juggernaut Chris Potter’s thing, this live version of “The Wheel,” a funky turn from Potter’s 2006 release Underground.

But last July he was on stage in some mighty fine company — the rest of his current Underground lineup: guitarist Adam Rogers; ultra-versatile Craig Taborn on Fender Rhodes; and mighty mighty Nate Smith behind the drums — and yeah, it seems there are times when Chris Potter just likes to stand back  and be thrilled along with the rest of us.

Craig Taborn on the Fender Rhodes, his crunchy left hand part of the reason nobody misses the missing bass.  Prowling low with that left, burning with his right, trading breaks with Rogers whose  supple lines goose things along with a quiet intensity.  The guitar and Rhodes on top of and inside that solid truncated funk Nate Smith is ringing out.

Smith’s right foot is the engine.  Taborn’s locked in with Smith, eye to eye and beat for beat.  It’s all the more tight, all the more funky because it only takes two.  When Smith steps out for his own muscular break he heats things up even more, and when Potter finally returns, ready to break loose,  the stage is set for a truly fine finish.

Chris Potter’s Underground
Jazz Open Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
24 July 2009
“The Wheel” 10:55

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Brad Mehldau’s Groove Sizzles in San Sebastian

Metheny Mehldau Quartet

Metheny Mehldau Quartet

Three months after the release of their Quartet album, jazz guitarist Pat Metheny, pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Larry Grenadier, and drummer Jeff Ballard lit up the stage in San Sebastian, Spain with the album’s opener, “A Night Away.”

When Mehldau solos he steals the moment, exchanging ideas with Grenadier, moving and shaping the pulse of the laid-back groove, and extending his feel-good vibe into the appreciative crowd.

Mehldau’s erstwhile band mate, sax man Joshua Redman, recently had this to say about the pianist:

His music just grooves. I mean, for all the complexity and all the harmonic rigor and all the technical prowess and all the lyricism, beneath it all is this incredible groove. His feel is unassailable.   He has the best groove on the planet.

Take in this live version of “A Night Away” and let the groove move you.

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Pat Metheny Brad Mehldau Quartet LIVE
Jazzaldia Festival, San Sebastian, Spain
28 July 2007
“A Night Away” 10:36


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