The quintet played tunes from the CD, Mostly Mingus, and when they played the ballad, Self-Portrait in Three Colors, tenor player Perry White delivered a solo with great rhythmic variety, and pianist Gary Williamson emerged shining.
The quintet captured the moan in Mingus music. And they dialogued with each other (Better Git It In Your Soul), and in their solos they often dialogued with themselves when playing the blues. These are real compositions, with sections and mood changes, and it was deeply satisfying to hear the quintet express a range of emotions, from melancholy and hope, to the percolating, complex emotions underneath big city life (Nostalgia In Times Square).
Dave Young announced that the group would be touring in the London area. Thisll be good for the groups amiable looseness (opinion), a looseness which will become more unanimous, as they play together more.
It must be said. Kevin Turcotte continues to be a vital trumpet soloist, with melodicism, speed changes, and now growling notes in the lower register, as part of his rich expression.
Perry White is an interior player, in the way Lester Young is an interior player, whos usually soft and flowing about things, but can turn turbulent and swirling.
Michel Lambert and his approach to drums is multi-directional, has many colours, and is riding on the beat.
Gary Williamson keeps a low profile, but hes all music, and while he doesnt reach out and grab you, he has a lot to say to those who listen.
And bassist and leader, cheerful Dave Young, plays the bass as a bass violin. Beauty of tone, smooth motion, and singing.
Oh! Of course get the CD, Mainly Mingus. Of course, check them out if they come to your city.
Theyre fine players, playing fine music.