Musicians Frederick Moyer - piano; Peter Tillotson - bass; Peter Fraenkel - drums.
On the other hand, the concept of re-interpretation and re-invention in the classical music genre, and in entertainment media (film) remains vital, sustaining, and powerful. With this in mind, I was impelled to listen honestly, intently and objectively (if there is such a thing) to this conceptual musical brain-child of the The Jazz Arts Trio with the expectation of excitement built into the reference of "Swing" prominently positioned in the title of the date: "Swing of Many Colors."
Hearing the sounds of the first transcription of notes (note for note) from Ahmad Jamal's ground-breaking "Live At The Pershing," now performed under the title: "The Pershing Suite," I was amazed by my initial visceral reaction to George and Ira Gershwin's "But Not For Me." This was more than just a transcription and re-interpretation of an influential jazz classic, this was an uncannily accurate transcription of time and history, personal and musical, so profound, as to initiate powerful feelings and inquiries akin to: "Where were you, and what were you doing on November 22, 1963 at 12:30 p. m.?" The second selection, Rogers and Hammerstein's "The Surrey With the Fringe on Top" made my knees weak, and by the time Karl Suessdorf /John Blackburn's "Moonlight in Vermont " crested, I needed something to hold on to. But I was prepared (firmly ensconced in a comfortable seat) for the exotically attractive features, and rhythmic magic of "Poinciana"; one of the musical darlings of juke boxes all over the country after the CD was released, "Poinciana's" masterful arrangement, Jamal's use of space, and Vernel Fournier's epic percussion are now legendary, and made it one of the most influential and copied tunes by jazz musicians of the era. Miles Davis openly admitted being influenced by Ahmad Jamal on the importance of 'space' and its use.
It is important and fair to give credit and recognition to the very talented and bold musicians who have found the courage to see this idea that was unconsciously planted during junior high school, germinate thirty years later during a re-union at a fund raising concert, eventually come to fruition in a 2009 debut album: "Tribute," and now evolve into "Swing of Many Colors."
|Pianist Frederick Moyer|
|Bassist Peter Tillotson|