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Re: “Jazz Fest 2016, Day 7: Extra Shots

What about Jacky Terrasson? Why wasn't there a review of his amazing performance at Montage last night, when his trio managed to improvise brilliantly and seamlessly for an hour straight, bringing the house down at the end? It was surely one of the great moments at this year's jazz festival, and Terrasson is after all a major name in the world of jazz, yet City Newspaper entirely missed it? Ditto for the brilliant Elio Villafranca Trio, the magical coming together of Chick Corea and Joey Alexander (surely THE best concert for 2016), and Avishai Cohen. One gets the impression that the reviewers for City are clueless as to which acts to attend, and since they are the only capable reviewers in town (the D&C is beyond hopeless) one would think they would choose their venues more carefully.

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Posted by Macktruck on 07/01/2016 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Jazz Fest 2016, Day 3, Extra Shots

The Elio Villafranca Trio was clearly a highlight for Sunday night and the entire festival. A very tight group, they play an innovative blend of Latin and progressive jazz with great skill. I went to hear them right after Eldar's second set and there was not that much of a drop-off between Eldar and Villafranca at the keyboard, which is really saying something.

Posted by Macktruck on 06/27/2016 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Jazz Fest 2015, Day 5: Ron reviews Fred Hersch, Julia Hulsmann, and George Colligan

My take on jazz is usually almost identical to Ron Netsky's, which is why I was so disappointed he didn't review the Moutin Factory Quintet at Montage last night. He obviously can't be everywhere, but this group by my lights was easily the very best so far in the entire Festival. They are a cutting-edge hard bop group from France led by their bassist, Francois Moutin, who is the equal of Christian McBride or any other top-level bass player one can name. His duet with his twin brother Louis on drums of an Ornette Coleman tune was, in my view, comparable to Anat Cohen's rendition of La Vie En Rose at last year's festival, and there can be no praise higher than that. Why isn't this group better known? After all, they routinely play before audiences of 4,000 to 5,000 people in Europe, where they are incredibly popular among jazz fans. The answer I suspect is American provinciality and the width of that barrier known as the Atlantic Ocean. The audience at the late set at Montage last night not only kept gasping in astonishment at the incredible things they repeatedly did, but also gave them a double standing ovation -- once when they finished playing, and again when they were making their way off the stage. They really need to come back and play Kilbourn, where they belong, and Ron really needs to get to them when they do. I am sure he would go bonkers over them.

Posted by Macktruck on 06/24/2015 at 2:46 PM

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