The Juilliard Jazz Quintet
“Celebrating Juilliard’s First 100 Years
Wycliffe Gordon on Trombone
Victor Goines on Tenor Sax and Clarinet
Ted Rosenthal on Piano
Carl Allen on Drums
Ben Wolfe on Bass
Frederick P. Rose Hall
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway at 60th Street
(Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website)
Todd Barkan, Artistic Administrator
Scott Thompson, Press
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
March 18, 2006
A John Coltrane piece, Impressions, opened the third set tonight, with Wycliffe Gordon taking a decisive lead. With professional style, Gordon passed the theme’s lead to Ted Rosenthal, a versatile and energetic pianist. Soon, Victor Goines took a wild ride on tenor sax. No Strangers Here, by creative bassist, Ben Wolfe, was mellow, with Goines’ sax melting into Wolfe’s bass riff. Gordon added a sensual solo, in an elegant extension of echoing themes. Wycliffe Gordon also composes, and his He Said, She Said is about traveling rumors, with a long, scintillating sax solo.
Rhythm On My Mind found Gordon on vocals; he sings in 1940’s big band style, with a bit of scat. The spotlight jumped suddenly to Goines on clarinet, who breathlessly skipped around the scales. Rosenthal, on piano, was a sensational surprise, and Gordon’s muted trombone was surreal. Rosenthal has also composed for jazz, and his Symphony no. 5, 2nd movement was introduced with a driven drum roll, and followed by lots of brass. The easy swing rhythm left room for a riff from the tenor sax. Soon, we skipped to Ellington, and Caravan filled the Club. Carl Allen's powerful percussive passages, woven to staccato, syncopated swing, were followed by Goines’ sophisticated clarinet. A soft finale ensued, merging drums, piano, and surreal brass and bass.
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Wycliffe Gordon and Victor Goines Backstage at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola