Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Rudy Lu
As I move along in life, I occasionally (and, I admit, morbidly) think about what timeless saying I’d like carved on my tombstone. I’ve considered song lyrics, movie lines, poetry and various iterations of Shakespeare. However, the latest entry on my executor’s to-do list was part of the marvelous long-form “gang interview” that is the Q&A section of Planet Arts’ Jazz one2one concert series – in this case, from guitarist/upstate NY native Paul Kogut: “Music is not a thing you perfect… It’s a monster you let out of the box and see where it goes!”
Aside from the over-all outstanding-ness of that statement, it also sums up the outlook of Kogut’s partners for the evening, bassist Francois Moutin and drummer Ari Hoenig. Now, they were at ACC because George Mraz and Lewis Nash – the rhythm section on Kogut’s latest Blujazz release Turn of Phrase – couldn’t make the gig. But don’t even think about shoehorning Moutin and Hoenig into a “substitute” category. These are two of the best musicians on the scene today: Aside from their various solo and sideman gigs, they’re part of the mammoth improvisation machine Pilc Moutin Hoenig (the “Pilc” being pianist Jean-Michel Pilc, who Moutin met while attending university in Paris), whose astounding disc Threedom was one of my Top 10 Jazz Releases of 2011. If anyone could help Kogut get the aforementioned monster roaming around for Jazz one2one’s last show of the season, these were the guys to do it.