LIVE: Oatts/McCabe Quintet @ the Van Dyck, 1/7/17

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Kenny McCabe and Dick Oatts
Kenny McCabe and Dick Oatts

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

The death of jazz has been greatly exaggerated… at least in Greater Nippertown. Veteran alto saxophonist Dick Oatts and local tenor saxophonist Kenny McCabe played in front of an enthusiastic packed house at the Van Dyck in Schenectady in early January, serving up two generous sets of highly charged post-bop.

The veteran Oatts has been a frequent visitor to the area, last seen in September at Lake George’s Shepard Park bringing his sound to the Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble during the Jazz at the Lake festival.

This time he teamed up with his student (and Nippertown native) Kenny McCabe. The close bond and mutual respect between the teacher and student was readily apparent when they played in unison, soloed and even during their between-tune patter.

The members of the rhythm section – Dave Solazzo on piano, Joe Barna on drums and Otto Gardner on bass – were also given plenty of room to solo, as is the jazz tradition.

Many of the compositions were Oatts originals, although some standards were played. Of particular note was “Invitation,” which is usually played at a medium tempo but here was whipped up at a breakneck pace.

GO HERE to see more of Rudy Lu’s photographs of this concert…

Dick Oatts
Dick Oatts
Dave Solazzo, Otto Gardner and Joe Barna
Dave Solazzo, Otto Gardner and Joe Barna
Otto Gardner
Otto Gardenr
Kenny McCabe and Dick Oatts
Kenny McCabe and Dick Oatts
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