Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Capping off a jazz-filled weekend around Nippertown, the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center in Albany kicked off its fall concert season on Sunday, September 15, with jazz-funk guitarslinger John Scofield and his Uberjam Band.
Next up on the Massry Center’s concert calendar is the New Gary Burton Quartet at 7:30pm tonight (Tuesday, September 24). The jazz vibes master will be surrounded by his all-star band featuring bassist Scott Colley, drummer Antonio Sanchez and guitarist Julian Lage. Opening the show will be Local 518 favorites Bopitude featuring baritone saxman Gary Smulyan. Tickets are $30; students $15.
Bryan Lasky’s review and photographs at Upstate Live
Jeff Nania’s review at Metroland
Excerpt from Brian McElhiney’s review at The Daily Gazette: “Despite the elongated arrangements, each song felt tightly arranged and executed, with clear mood shifts, powerful builds and an overarching focus on the hypnotic rhythms being played… On this night, the band focused mostly on its new material, starting with the spacey blues of ‘Snake Dance.’ While Bortnick created a swirling soundscape on top of Mason’s insistent tribal playing, Scofield and Hess engaged in call-and-response riffing, building the sound to a heady climax before Bortnick introduced a new section on his synth.”