As usual, the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival offered a smorgasbord of sounds. Some were old reliable sounds. Some were fresh and surprising. Some were – well, let’s just say, ummm – best passed over.
Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko and the woefully under-rated pianist Ahmad Jamal were the two musicians that I was most looking forward to hearing, having never seen either of them in concert previously. And they didn’t disappoint. The 67-year-old Stanko’s early afternoon gazebo set on Saturday was delicious, veering from dreamy soundscapes to angular bop, as he led his young band – featuring Danish electric guitarist Jakob Bro – down the path less traveled.