Review by Greg Haymes
It was billed as “A Solstice Concert: The Festival of Lights,” and while it wasn’t strictly a holiday concert, it was definitely a celebration of the music of the season – and beyond – sometimes joyous, sometimes solemn, but always jazzy.
Led by violinist David Balakrishnan, the Turtle Island Quartet has never been a typical string quartet – their repertoire includes selections by Charlie Parker and Robert Johnson – and the sublime Tierney Sutton is a rather fearless jazz vocalist, so it was no surprise that their approach to holiday music at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall would be served up with a twist.
Yes, there were some Christmas gems, including a decidedly swinging rendition of “O Tannenbaum,” a somewhat tentative, straight-forward version of Vince Guaraldi’s “Christmas Time Is Here” and a marvelously inventive mash-up of “Silent Night” with Miles Davis’ “All Blues.”
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