LIVE: The Chuck Lamb Trio w/ Dick Oatts @ Caffe Lena, 1/2/18
Review and photographs by Rudy Lu
We have been lucky that the melodious sounds of Dick Oatts’ saxophone are no stranger to Greater Nippertown jazz fans. He has appeared many times in various nightclubs, concert halls and jazz festivals throughout the area in recent years.
He made his Caffe Lena debut last week as the very special guest of the Chuck Lamb Trio for the Caffe’s new first-Tuesday-of-the-month jazz series. In addition to pianist Lamb, the trio featured drummer Pete O’Brien as well as Bobby Kendall on bass.
The band played a sparkling evening of standards, as well as originals by both Oatts and Lamb, ranging from Lamb’s contemporary composition “Crossing the Border” to a calypso-infused “You Stepped Out of a Dream” to Oatts’ “Doo Da Day.” An excellent program of varied moods, tempos and styles – as well as the virtuosity of the four musicians – kept the audience enthralled.
As a special treat, young tenor saxophonist Kenny McCabe, on the mend from recent health problems, was a surprise guest, sitting in with his mentor and the band for a pair of tunes.
All in all, it was another special evening for the Caffe’s monthly jazz series.
UPCOMING: Stay tuned for next month’s installment of the Chuck Lamb Trio’s Jazz at the Caffe concert series at 7pm on Tuesday, February 6. The special guest will be saxophonist John Ellis.
GO HERE to see more of Rudy Lu’s photographs of this concert…