Instead, Brecker took the helm of an excellent rhythm section comprised of Nippertown jazz veterans: keyboardist Jon Werking (Jill Hughes’ band), bassist Otto Gardner (Lincoln Mayorga) and drummer David Calarco (Nick Brignola).
Launching two separate shows that night (one at 6:30 and one at 9pm), Brecker’s blistering trumpet and flugelhorn lines sailed through the modern jazz idiom balancing originals with standards and running the gamut from ballads to the blues. The quartet sizzled with energy, percolating behind Brecker’s every note.
The music was of the highest caliber with the inspired rhythm section scoring points on every song. Brecker looked pleased and shot intermittent smiles of appreciation to them as they played. Though the performance took place in the Van Dyck, if you closed your eyes and listened closely, it could have been Carnegie Hall.
Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk