|Eddie Metz Jr.|
It was an afternoon of hard-driving swing, propelled by Metz's powerhouse drumming, an infectious groove and an array of saxophone textures that fit together as the players added their own musical personalities.
|Rupert, Del Gatto, Allen, Mopsick, Dautch|
It also showcased Allen's skill as an arranger and composer. He was best known early in his career is a purveyor of the great swing tenor sound - an amalgam at times from torchbearers like Getz, Ben Webster and Lester Young. Now he loves to share his own fine compositions. On this day, they included "The One For You," the frisky "Blues in the Morning," "So There" and "I Can See Forever."
|Rupert, Del Gatto|
"The Red Door," which may have been named after a jam session joint where Sims hung out when he first arrived in New York, was a searing bop feature for the band. Without a doubt, this was one of the most memorable concerts I've heard this year.
|The Four Others|