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LIVE: David Lanz’s Liverpool Trio @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 10/15/11

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
The David Lanz Trio

The Liverpool Trio

New Age music has been called many things, and David Lanz knows them all – from industry terms like “smooth jazz” and “adult alternative” to caustic jibes like “peudo-classical” and “Yuppie crossover.” But the Grammy-nominated pianist who got his start playing keyboards on Terry Jacks’ one-hit wonder “Seasons in the Sun” rejects all classifications in favor of his own.

“I am,” he intoned dramatically, “HEAVY… MELLOW!” At which point he closed his eyes and began to snore.



LIVE: The Terell Stafford-Dick Oatts Quintet @ the First Unitarian Society’s Whisperdome, 9/16/11

Friday, September 23rd, 2011
 The Terell Stafford-Dick Oatts Quintet

A Place For Jazz kicked off the 2011 season with the Terell Stafford – Dick Oatts Quintet, among the best bands of its kind on the scene right now. A solid NYC group, they play original arrangements of classic standards like Cole Porter’s “I Love You,” and tasty originals like the gumbo-infused “6/20/09 Express.”

The concerts are hosted in the First Unitarian Society’s Whisperdome in Schenectady which proved to be an especially good place to listen to Dick Oatts’ original “JCO Farewell.” The piece is a tribute to his late father, and it sounds somewhat like the introduction to John Coltrane’s “Acknowledgement” from the classic album “A Love Supreme,” except that it never breaks into a true groove.

Bassist David Wong began the tune with an extended introduction that was wise and contemplative. Wong’s tone and feel were both effortless, and he wasn’t afraid to breathe and leave himself space in between ideas. His head hung over his bass as his lines flowed out into the audience, and as soon as he looked up, the whole group entered with an ostinato section where the drummer rolled around the kit with mallets, and the horns gingerly recited the melody. As the horn melody finished, Wong continued with a bass solo that sat on top of the heavenly clouds laid by the piano and the bursts of thunder from the toms.


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