There is so much to admire at an Acme Jazz Garage concert. The Tampa-based band leaps with enthusiasm into a wide-ranging bag of influences to deliver music that is distinctly its own.
|Matt Swenson, Philip Booth|
Bop, bossa nova, R&B, a bit of Cuban rumba, some soul jazz and a few jazz standards - filtered with Acme's high-energy jam-band enthusiasm - made for a powerful afternoon.
The band is cohesive and their arrangements and soloing are adventurous, anchored with a solid jazz feeling. If you like Steely Dan, you'll like Acme Jazz Garage.
The band romped through several tracks from its new CD, Sharkskin (Solar Grooves), including the title tune featuring Swenson's distinctive guitar artistry, Bob Dylan's "Watching the River Flow," and Booth's exotic "Rumba Misterioso" and "Phil's Blues."
The instrumental adventures included Horace Silver's soul-bop standard "The Jody Grind," (fittingly arranged by Jody Marsh), and on Booth's "Mr. G.P.," a tribute to Meters bassist George Porter Jr. from Acme Jazz Garage's eponymous debut in 2016.
|Acme Jazz Garage|
|Bob Seymour and Mike Cornette|
Cornette and Bob Seymour, his immediate predecessor as WUSF jazz director, are both active in the Tampa Jazz Club. Seymour is its president.