|Lew Del Gatto|
The Naples-based pianist's band for the night included the outstanding trumpeter Dan Miller, Saturday Night Live Band alum Lew Del Gatto on tenor sax, trombonist Dante Luciani, bassist Geoff Saunders and drummer Mike Harvey. While Stawski, Miller and Del Gatto are based on Florida's southwest coast, Harvey, Luciani and Saunders are based in Miami. Saunders, a graduate fellow at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music, filled in for bassist Chuck Bergeron, who was unable to make the gig.
Highlights included their takes on Dameron's "On a Misty Night" (which the pianist based on the standard "September in the Rain"),a romp through Navarro's "Barry's Bop," Jones' "Let's Play One," Del Gatto's "And Friends" and a hornless version of the beautiful but little-heard Antonio Carlos Jobim bossa nova "The Red Blouse." The band's poignant take on the Morgan ballad "Ceora" led into a very special ballad medley. It began with a Luciani feature on "Darn That Dream," segued into a Del Gatto exploration of "You Don't Know What Love Is," and then Miller's take on "Tenderly" before Stawski closed it out with Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady."
This night was stunning all around, both in tune selection and the band's cohesive, swinging delivery.
|Stawski, Del Gatto, Miller, Luciani, Saunders, Harvey|