Rather than bring his full jazz orchestra, John Allmark presented his octet - a brass-rich unit reminiscent of Phil Woods' Little Big Band.
The unit consisted of Allmark and Doug Olsen on trumpet and flugelhorn, Pete Fanelli on trombone, Bill Vint on tenor sax and Bob Bowlby, who doubled on alto and baritone saxes, plus pianist Eugene Maslov, bassist Bill Miele and drummer Vinny Pagago. All are John Allmark Jazz Orchestra regulars.
|Maslov, Olsen, Allmark, Fanelli, Vint, Bowlby|
The unit played with a big band sensibility, but the smaller size let each player stretch out more and take more solos than they'd get on a typical Monday night. It was a fine surprise -- in the vein that a jazz night most often is a bit different than you anticipate when walking in the door. Tat's part of its charm.
The big band will be back next Monday night at Bovi's, located at Six Corners in East Providence. The band hits at 9 p.m. If you're ever in the area on a Monday, don't miss it.