The band features three reed players: Danny Jordan, Rex Wertz and David MacKenzie - all doubling on sax and flute. They are backed by Roberts, bassist Charlie Silva and drummer Eddie Metz Jr.
The glue for this evening was Roberts' exquisite arrangements of classic jazz material. His arrangements are intricate, revealing counterpoint moments for the three horns as well as many melodic nuances not heard in the original recordings. His piano introductions to the tunes are thoughtful and sometimes teasing as they begin to reveal the core melody.
A repeat of some material from prior years is unavoidable during a Roberts performance.. But every version sounded fresh due to the improvised solos as the band dug into Clifford Brown's "Daahoud," the exquisite flute chorus on "Thad Jones' "A Child is Born" and Joaquin Rodrigo's "Concerto De Aranjuez," and a triple tenor-sax romp through Sonny Rollins' "Tenor Madness," among others.
|Metz and MacKenzie|
Metz, one of the finest and most versatile drummers on the planet, stunned on "Jumpin' at the Woodside," which co-featured MacKenzie on alto sax, and Louie Bellson's "Skin Deep."
|Roberts, Jordan, Wertz, MacKenzie, Silva, Metz|