LIVE: Terri Lyne Carrington/Jack DeJohnette @ the Woodstock Community Center, 3/19/16

April 18th, 2016, 4:00 pm by Greg
 Teri Lyne Carrington

Terri Lyne Carrington

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

It’s a little known fact that renowned jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette originally started his musical journey at age four studying classical piano. He did not add drums to his repertoire until he was 14 years old.

He has on occasion returned to the piano both on stage and recording, and that’s exactly what he did at the Woodstock Community Center last month, where he played a set of originals from a forthcoming album, Return, available only by subscription and on vinyl from the French label Newvelle Records. His performances were very much influenced by the French composer Erik Satie.

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But DeJohnette’s solo piano performance was only the opening act, and the evening’s second half was entirely different in tone and dynamics. Drummer-composer Terri Lyne Carrington performed the second set of the concert with a quartet, and instead of playing music from her latest release, her performance featured pieces from her interpretation of the classic 1993 Duke Ellington/Charles Mingus/Max Roach album, Money Jungle. Carrington’s powerful, but smooth drums were both leading and accompanying the members of her band.

Pianist Aaron Parks appeared to be thoroughly enjoying himself, frequently in call-and-response mode with Carrington’s drums. Lacking the guest artists of her 2013 recording Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue, Carrington gave free reins to horn player Mark Shim, who frequently played his electronic horn as well as saxophone to fill out the band’s sound. Bass player Zach Brown added additional foundation, as well as color to the band’s deep, rich sound.

Overall, it was quite an enjoyable evening with two styles of jazz being displayed with equal skill and emotion.

The concert was the third evening in the Jazzstock music series, which continues at 7:30pm on Saturday, April 30 featuring jazz vocal group the Royal Bopsters (Amy London, Holli Ross, New York Voices’ Darmon Meader and Dylan Pramuk) with special guest Bob Dorough and a swingin’ jazz trio. Tickets are $35 & $45.

SECOND OPINIONS
Joe Major’s review at AlbanyJazz.com

ALSO SEE
More of Rudy Lu’s photographs of the concert at Rudy Lu Photos

 Teri Lyne Carrington Quartet

Terri Lyne Carrington Quartet

Jack DeJohnette

Jack DeJohnette

Aaron Parks and  Teri Lyne Carrington

Aaron Parks

Zach Brown

Zach Brown

Mark Shim

Mark Shim