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The Many Moods of Miles Davis at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater

- Jazz and Cabaret Corner

Jazz at Lincoln Center
The Many Moods of Miles Davis
(Miles Davis Website)

Featuring the:
Ryan Kisor Quintet
Ryan Kisor on Trumpet
Sherman Irby on Alto Sax
Peter Zak on Piano
John Webber on Bass
Willie Jones III on Drums
Terence Blanchard Quintet
(Terrence Blanchard Website)
Terrence Blanchard on Trumpet
Brice Winston on Tenor Sax
Fabian Almazan on Piano/Keyboards
Derrick Hodge on Bass
Kendrick Scott on Drums

Frederick P. Rose Hall
Rose Theater
Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center

Scott Thompson, Assistant Director, Public Relations: Press

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
May 11, 2007

Jazz at Lincoln Center hosted a two-day, four-set tribute to the great Miles Davis, led by four renowned trumpet virtuosos and a bass guitarist. The event kicked off tonight with Ryan Kisor, a member of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and his Quintet, followed by Terrence Blanchard, a New Orleans trumpeter, composer, bandleader, and recording artist. With little talk and mostly music, the Rose Theater audience showed much appreciation for this mesmerizing, musical retrospective.

The first piece, “Half Nelson”, opened with drums and a wild, abandoned sax, that flowed with breezy buoyancy, followed by pulsating be-bop and an effervescent piano solo. Ryan Kisor’s trumpet joined in and soared intermittently. This was a vivid and daring start to the first set. The second piece, “Milestones”, featured a muted sax solo, capturing mood and moment. Kisor’s trumpet infused a swing beat and cool, twilight sound, so richly rhythmic. As the Rose Theatre’s lights turned fiery red, for “Enigma”, Kisor’s clear, charismatic trumpet was followed by Sherman Irby’s alto sax and John Webber’s solo bass, adding soft, poetic effects. After Willie Jones’ rousing drum solo, upbeat and syncopated, a danceable, fused jazz sound ensued. The music became slowly dissonant, with a rapid bass. “Move” closed the set with Irby’s driven, dynamic sax and Kisor’s soaring trumpet. Peter Zak, on rebellious piano, was riveting.

Terrence Blanchard led the second set, telling the audience about Sidney Bechet. “It Never Entered My Mind” featured Fabian Almazan on piano in a complicated theme, edgy and surreal. The next piece opened with Brice Winston on tenor sax, wild and wooly, dissonant and dizzy. Terence Blanchard was powerful on trumpet, as he stood sideways, in signature Miles fashion (I saw Miles at Tanglewood in his later years). Almazan was rousing on piano, but Blanchard was the star. The piece was named “Four”. Midnight melancholia evolved, with Kendrick Scott’s smooth, clicking brushes and Derrick Hodge’s deep bass solo. Almazan never overwhelmed the sound, as his keyboard alternated from powerful to understated. Winston’s sax was soulful, before he passed the lead to Blanchard. The trumpet faded into bluesy quietude, merging with the quintet’s atonality. The lights turned reds and blues, and the piano turned ethereal. Blanchard expanded the experience with contrasting, nuanced brass.

Kudos to Jazz at Lincoln Center for this unique tribute to Miles Davis.

Ryan Kisor, Willie Jones III, Sherman Irby
Photo courtesy of Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center

Ryan Kisor Quintet
Photo courtesy of Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center

Terence Blanchard Solo
Photo courtesy of Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center

Terence Blanchard Quintet
Photo courtesy of Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center

For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at