April 16th, 2013, 10:00 am by Greg
April 24th, 2009, 12:45 pm by Greg
“I can’t really remember the first album that I actually went out and spent my own money for.
But the first records that I owned were given to me by my father one Christmas. He gave me a lot of different recordings including Lee Morgan’s ‘Sidewinder,’ which is one that I particularly remember. I think that maybe there were also some Art Farmer records and some things by Clifford Brown.”
New Orleans trumpet great Nicholas Payton teams up with saxman David Sanchez and vibraphone virtuoso (and Albany native) Stefon Harris for the Ninety Miles Project, which explores the connections between jazz and Cuban music when they step into the spotlight at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center in Albany at 7:30pm on Thursday (April 18). Tickets are $30.
After his high-profile collaboration with Elvis Costello on 2006’s “The River in Reverse,” New Orleans music godfather Toussaint serves up a curve ball. Eschewing R&B, Crescent City soul and pop, the pianist jumps into the jazz world with both feet, tackling time-honored nuggets from Jellyroll Morton, King Oliver, Sidney Bechet, Django Reinhardt, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and more. He is surrounded by some great players – including Albany’s Don Byron on clarinet, trumpeter Nicholas Payton and guitarist Marc Ribot – but producer Joe Henry makes sure that the spotlight is focused squarely on Toussaint’s talented fingers. There’s nothing virtuosic here, but that seems to be the whole point. Everything is right in the pocket. Classic stuff.
Allen Toussaint: The Bright Mississippi