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Sunday, October 19, 2008

To The Cindy Blackman Quartet the opening show Bruce Eaton's Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz series at the Albright Knox last night, a terrific set. About midway through, struck by Ms. Blackman's athletic rhythm and pinpoint control it occured to me that most jazz performances can be described to someone who wasn't there by referencing a specific period in Miles Davis' career. Cindy Blackman drums like Tony Williams, and the sound she seems to have in mind is a blend of that electric Miles trending towards "On the Corner" funk. I think it's the first time we've heard an electric piano in the ten years this series has been running; come to find out that this was his first date with the band. I was most impressed with George Mitchell on bass, who did all the subtle things that are necessary to hold this sort of music together.

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