Over two sets, Buchman, Mopsick and Parr explored a wide range of Great American Songbook, pop and jazz standards. Favorites: their takes on Kenny Dorham's "Blue Bossa," Paul Desmond's "Take Five," "Poinciana," the show tune that Ahmad Jamal singlehandedly turned into a jazz standard, and Oscar Peterson's "Hymn to Freedom." Buchman brings his own touch and musical sensibility to every tune. He seems a bebopper at heart, but his inventiveness crosses the stylistic gamut. Two unusual treats: his boogie-woogie treatments of Miles Davis's "All Blues" and the rousing "Sweet Georgia Brown."
The concert was recorded for a live CD that Buchman will release in the next month or so on his Art is Poetry label. (Note: he also has a blues band).
|Bill Buchman, Don Mopsick, Chuck Parr|