The sextet includes tenor saxophonist, arranger and musical director Lew Del Gatto (who spent 25 years in NBC's Saturday Night Live Band), trumpeter Dan Miller, violinist Glenn Basham, pianist Jerry Stawski, bassist Kevin Mauldin and drummer Mike Harvey.
This was a return visit for native New Yorker Bernstein, who is 52. He was the sextet's special guest in 2014. Since starting his career in the late1980s, he has recorded more than a dozen albums as a leader, a few more as a co-leader, and played as a sidemen with a wide array of jazz heavyweights - from elder masters to rising stars.
|Jerry Stawski, Peter Bernstein|
|Lew Del Gatto|
|Kevin Mauldin, Dan Miller|
The two non-Bernstein pieces were straight from two of the architects of bebop. Their version of Dizzy Gillespie's classic Latin ballad "Con Alma" got a faster tempo, and was heated even more by high-energy solo from Miller. Thelonious Monk's Bud Powell tribute, "In Walked Bud," opened with a Bernstein extended guitar solo before the full ensemble joined. It featured Del Gatto's always solid tenor mastery.
Bernstein's "Blood Wolf Moon Blues" was a splendid finish. Basham showed a rarely seen side of his musicality. His blues harmonica playing was nasty. Nasty in a very good way.
|Peter Bernstein with the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra|