Jazz Avenues October/November Blog 2014

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“Music paints pictures that only the mind’s eye can see”
Sun Ra

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Lafayette Gilchrist plays the art of the piano

at the Arts Club of Washington Nov. 3.

Sun Ra Fest, Todd Marcus, Lafayette Gilchrist

jam our way from October into November

The stars are aligned for a jamming end to October, with the Sun Ra Fest beginning tonight, Oct. 31, with a show at the Lincoln Theatre and continuing Saturday and Sunday. The Todd Marcus Orchestra begins a big weekend of its own with a show at An Die Musik in Baltimore tonight and after journeying up the coast for shows in New Jersey and New York, plays D.C. Monday night — the same night, Nov. 3, that his fellow Baltimore luminary Lafayette Gilchrist plays the Arts Club of Washington in the Art of the Piano series in downtown D.C.
CapitalBop is a co-presenter of the “Along Came Ra” festival, along with Transparent Productions and JBV Productions in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the arrival in our plane of existence of the great Sun Ra, the multi-dimensional musician, bandleader, philosopher and visionary – who was avant garde before avant garde.
The Sun Ra Arkestra, under the direction of Marshall Allen, plays Friday night for the “Cosmic Spectacle and Concert.” Now under the direction of longtime Ra collaborator Marshall Allen, the large orchestra moves swiftly from swinging jazz à la Ra’s mid-century Chicago years to free and funk-lit excursions. The band will be joined by the keyboard great and Parliament veteran Bernie Worrell, himself a Sun Ra devotee and inheritor of his Afro-futurist mantel. will appear with special guest Bernie Worrell at the Lincoln Theatre for an 8 p.m. concert (tickets $20, free for children in costume), “preceded at 6 p.m. by a Cosmic Costume contest/happening/pep rally in the parking lot, according to information from Bobby Hill Jr. of Transparent Productions, and alleys behind the theater. There, DJs are to mix from Ra’s vast discography of big band, electronic, and free jazz, while painters and graffiti artists render live interpretations of the eccentric jazzman’s visage and while children, parents, and All Saints’ Eve revelers enjoy the magical aura of [Sun Ra].”

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Todd Marcus plays with his orchestra in Baltimore

at An Die Musik Oct. 31 and in D.C. at

St. Marks Presbyterian Church Nov. 3
Meanwhile Marcus leads his orchestra in Baltimore Friday night, in a special CD release concert for his newest album, “Blues for Tahrir,” which sets Egypt’s Arab Spring movement to music in a fusion of jazz with Middle Eastern influences, and will bring the music of the new CD to D.C. at St. Marks Presbyterian Church in Rockville, Md., Monday night Nov. 3.
Saturday, Nov 1 the Sun Ra Fest continues with a panel discussion at 2pm at the Pop Up Ra Gallery, 1931 12th Street N.W. featuring Arkestra members and others, moderated by GMU Professor Dr. Thomas Stanley, author of the recently published Execution of Sun Ra*. In the closing event of the festival Sunday, Nov. 2, the Burnt Sugar Arkestra will bring its “ecstatic meld of Afro-futurism, absurdist groove and spontaneous togetherness” to Liv Nightclub (upstairs from Bohemian Caverns). The avant-garde trio OOO opens, with the band including Aaron Martin on saxophone, Sam Lohman, drums and Luke Stewart, bass. See http://www.capitalbop.com for more information on the Sun Ra doings.

Elsewhere this weekend, the Phil Butts Big Band is at Westminster Presbyterian Church tonight, Oct. 31. Sunday, Nov. 2, the Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society kicks off its season with a show featuring the Rufus Reid Quintet. Bassist, composer and bandleader Reid, whose album “Quiet Pride – The Elizabeth Catlett Project” celebrates the famous sculptor’s works, is to appear with his quintet, including Steve Allee, piano, Duduka Da Fonseca, drums, Freddie Hendrix, trumpet and Baltimore legend Gary Bartz, alto saxophone. See http://www.rufusreid.com or http://www.baltimorechamberjazz.com for more information.
The Lafayette Gilchrist show Monday Nov. 3 is at 7 p.m. at the Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I Street N.W. The Piano Jazz at the Arts Club series, produced by Burnett Thompson, focuses on “innovation in modern jazz piano.”
Gilchrist, a D.C. native, has been a fountain of intriguing, provocative sounds on piano, either solo or in ensemble formats. Seewww.pianojazz.com for more information.
In other highlights for early November, the Hill Center Jazz Ensemble appears Nov. 5 at the Hill Center on Pennsylvania Avenue S.E. (www.hillcenterdc.org), led by acclaimed young drummer Sana Kadoura. Termed a “mainstay of the New York jazz scene” where she leads the Sanah Kadoura Quarchestra, she has appeared at the Harlem Stage and the Saratoga Jazz Festival and is frequently heard at Smalls and Fat Cat in NYC. Songbird Sharon Clark, fresh from a tour in Sweden, appears with Chris Grasso, piano, Zack Pride, bass and Lenny Robinson, drums, at The Carlyle Club in Alexandria, Va. Nov. 6 – call 703-548-5953. The Larry Brown Quintet is at 49 West in Annapolis Nov. 8. And Tuesdays in November beginning Nov. 4 at Bohemian Caverns check out our own vocalist extraordinaire and Washington DC Jazz Network web impresario supreme, George V. Johnson Jr.!

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Sharon Clark appears at The Carlyle

in Alexandria, Va. Nov. 6

On Nov. 9, WPFW programmer Rusty Hassan presents “The Jazz Giants of Washington” at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel. Among those to be discussed, besides the imminent Duke Ellington, are Billy Taylor, Charlie Rouse, Buck Hill and Shirley Horn.
Taylor, who passed into ancestry just a few years ago, was mentioned in the book “Jazz — The First Century,” edited by John Edward Hasse, our distinguished Smithsonian Institution historian, published by William Morrow (2000). Larry Appelbaum, also a WPFW programmer and historian, in a section called “Jazz on Television,” says:
“Pianist Billy Taylor became a mainstay jazz figure on TV, from his musical-directorship of NET’s first jazz series, The Subject Is Jazz, in 1958, to his ongoing role as arts correspondent for CBS’s Sunday Morning.”
For more information call the Montpelier Arts Center at 301-377-7800.
Also on Nov. 9, the Buster Williams Quartet is at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club.
Transparent Productions returns with a show at Bohemian Caverns Nov. 16, featuring Mario Pavone’s Pulse Quintet, including D.C.’s own innovative saxophonist Brian Settles. See http://www.transparentsproductionsdc.org or http://www.bohemiancaverns.com for more information.

Honoring Idris Muhammad

Charles “Rahmat Shabazz” Woods, the noted D.C. area-based saxophonist, flutist, bandleader and composer known for his expertise in a wide range of genres, has a special show coming up at Vicino’s in Silver Spring.
Brought to you by vocalist and impresario Chad Carter, Monday Night at Vicino’s Nov. 17 features the Charles Rahmat Woods Quartet Plus performing a “Tribute to Idris Muhammad” from 7 to 9 pm.

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Charles “Rahmat Shabazz” Woods
Woods, playing sax and flute, is to have Derek Gasque, piano, Eliot Seppa, bass, Kevin Atkins, drums and Harun Akbar, tenor sax for the show. They are to explore music written and performed by the late great New Orleans native drummer Muhammad, whose birthday is Nov. 12 and who as Woods says, is well known for his broad inclusive approach, from “funk to swing.”
Vicino’s is at 959 Sligo Avenue in Silver Spring. Call (240)704-9916 or (202)670-0095 or go towww.jazzknights.com. Advance tickets are $20 and space is limited.

InReview … Orbert Davis, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, “Sketches of Spain” [Revisited]

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In considering these kinds of treatments, here a reprise of the landmark 1960 Miles Davis/Gil Evans “Sketches of Spain” recording, maybe the best part of honoring a classic work with a revisit and a tweak is it will cause many – hopefully hundreds, or thousands – of those new to what is called jazz to research and buy the original work, discover music they never knew existed and then delve into it on their own. The other best part is that in this type of classical/jazz project, it encourages some of those formerly content in their own genre to sample even more of the other genre, making richer and more widespread the appreciation for the finer points of each art form. (For example, this once novice listener, then strictly a small group “pure” jazz person, thought the Davis/Evans original a bit too “big band-ish” and what was all this classical stuff doing in a jazz record anyway?)
So Orbert Davis, master trumpeter, bandleader, innovator and educator, has succeeded with his “Sketches of Spain” [Revisited] by his Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble on the 316 Records label, for those of us concerned about spreading the legacy of the art forms, even before dissecting this singular accomplishment.
But forget dissection here. His work, including his own perspective and coloring of the anchor piece, “Concerto de Aranjuez” by Joaquin Rodrigo, lays bare and open, a straightforward, dignified sweeping, spatial panorama, accented in tasteful, fiery spurts by his trumpet, and is what it is — a fine frame. A frame including subtly sprinkling piano, complimenting horns and strings along the way, and finely textured orchestration overall, for the painter’s brushwork that follows.
His superb tweaking includes subbing his own compositions, “Muerte Del Matador,” “El Moreno” and “El Albacin,” for original tunes on the Davis/Evans album, but keeping “Solea.”
“Muerte Del Matador” seems to flow nicely from the concerto and despite its theme, seems to honor our matador in death for his bravery, not lament his passing in too somber a fashion. “El Moreno” steps smartly behind Orbert Davis’ trumpet and the other horns, the percussion throughout crisply driving. Singing strings carry the way on “El Albacin,” sections echoing and answering each other in spirited conversation, serving as a deft respite, an oasis. Then “Solea,” returns us to the original work, Orbert Davis’ searing and then soothing trumpet lines guiding the way, with the percussion marching swiftly behind, leading us over the open plain back the way we came.
See http://www.orbertdavis.com.

InReview … Brian Lynch, Emmet Cohen have the “answer”

For a “sax” man at the core like myself to include reviews of two trumpet-based recordings back to back is not normal. But things happen. Having heard Brian Lynch once live, curiosity took over when this arrived, and surely a brief listen would do.

Wrong. Put it in the car CD player and couldn’t take it out.
Lynch and pianist Emmet Cohen’s “Questioned Answer” CD, featuring bassist Boris Kozlov and drummer Billy Hart, on the Hollistic Masterworks label, combines sessions with Lynch and Cohen as a duo, with sessions adding Kozlov and Hart.
The veteran Lynch, a professor at the University of Miami, said the CD resulted after he longed to record with Cohen, a former UM student, after he heard Cohen when both were on a jazz cruise.

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The players seem so attuned to each other that after a few listenings, it is hard to try to remember which ones just have trumpet and piano and which have the whole group. The CD colors blend so well and Lynch and Cohen as a duo seem to evoke more instruments – as they do on Sammy Cahn’s “Just In Time,” and the Irving Berlin favorite “How Deep is The Ocean,” Lynch dashing out front with the colorful melody over Cohen’s softer rumbles and ripples, Cohen then taking over with a two-handed multiple colored soliloquy before Lynch returns darting and spurting along, up and down and across the scales, repeating, and embellishing.
On “Buddy,” one of the CD highlights, the ensemble follows Lynch’s lead on his own catchy composition, for a lilting, funky, driving romp, Lynch twirling the melody, before Cohen applies his own inventive versions and Hart shines with some splashy exchanges with Cohen.
On “Dark Passenger,” a Cohen tune, edgier, free form rhythms and colors predominate, spiced by Hart’s explorations on drums, framing Lynch’s trumpeting and Cohen rippling freely, over Kozlov’s murmuring bass work, and Hart’s cymbals. The gentler “I Wish I Knew” showcases the duo work again, Lynch commanding the ballad’s cadence with the phrasing of polished lounge singer, maintaining the mood with a delicate tension.
“Petty Theft” pushes the envelope again, powered by Hart’s ramblings, and sweetened by Cohen’s lyrical urgencies and playfulness with the pace, as done also on the title tune “Questioned Answer,” a steadily building rhythm with Lynch’s lines fiery and focused, and he and Cohen in the middle exchanging riffs, a jam within a jam, aided mightily by Kozlov’s bass groove and Hart’s splashes, and whispers, and rushes.
See http://www.hollisticmusicworks.com.

InReview … Solivan’s “Spark” Simpers 

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A faculty member at City College of New York, vocalist Marianne Solivan – who appears at Blues Alley Nov. 11 — nonetheless does not come off as too studied a performer on her second album, “Spark” on the HIPNOTIC Records label.
The precision of her phrasing is eased by some flights of intrigue and freedom here, notably on “The Lies of Handsome Men” and on her own composition “If I Were to Love You,” which is maybe the highlight, especially with the piano work of Xavier Davis. The tune stands out as a lovingly meandering journey through her romantic emotions, with other band members Matthew Parish, bass and Gregory Hutchinson, drums empathetic as well.
Another high point is “The Dove,” with music by Davis and lyrics by Solivan, with the two exchanging voice and instrument in another lilting gem. “This Is New,” an Ira Gershwin melody, has Solivan whirling and sailing along, a songbird high above us.
See http://www.mariannesolivan.com or http://www.hipnotic.com for more information.

Jazz Avenues October 2014 BLOG

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Allyn Johnson, a pianist on the move, with events

Oct. 6 and 7, and more to come.

Tribute at the Church, Larry Brown/Sharon Clark, Allyn Johnson on tap

Get your October jazz off in style with the Keter Betts and Harold Mann tribute Friday, Oct. 3 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, then look forward to Larry Brown and Sharon Clark in Bethesda Oct. 4, and Allyn Johnson, at the Arts Club and Chelsey Green at Blues Alley in Oct. 6 events.

Betts was the renowned bassist who spent a long time backing with Ella Fitzgerald, and also Dinah Washington, a key player in the bossa nova emergence while playing with Charlie Byrd and Stan Getz in the early 1960s, and a familiar presence for decades at area venues and festivals until he passed in 2005. Mann, who passed away last year, was a versatile, powerful drummer who helped mentor many musicians over the years. The tribute features Robert Redd on piano, James “Tex” King, bass and Nasar Abadey, drums at Westminster from 6 to 9 p.m.

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James “Tex” King, one of our master bassists,

plays in tribute to late bassist Keter Betts Oct. 3

at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Quintessential pianist Larry Brown takes his quintet to Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club Saturday, Oct. 4 along with special guest vocalist Sharon Clark, just back from another rousing performance at the Metropolitan Room in New York City last week. Also on Oct. 4 Mehliana at the Kennedy Center features Brad Mehldau and percussionist Mark Guiliana, and there is a Jazz Jam scheduled at Dukem Restaurant on U Street.

Other highlights for jazz in early October include Allyn Johnson, the prolific pianist and director of jazz studies at the University of the District of Columbia, taking center stage at the Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I Street N.W. at 7 pm Oct. 6 for the first Piano Jazz at the Arts Club concert. The series focuses on innovation in modern jazz by “Four reigning artists” performing their own compositions, “celebrating a hundred years of Piano Jazz in Washington, D.C.” Subsequent concerts feature Lafayette Gilchrist Nov. 3, and in the spring Wade Beach and Janelle Gill.

While a student at the University of the District of Columbia, Johnson was mentored by the late great jazz legend Calvin Jones and Johnson was the first recipient of the Felix. E Grant Scholarship Award in jazz performance. He graduated magna cum laude from UDC in 1997 with a degree in jazz studies and served for more than six years as an adjunct professor of music and assistant director of the Jazz Studies program before succeeding Jones as the director in 2005. Johnson, a busy guy, is also in action the next day, Oct. 7, at 12:30 pm, when he leads the UDC Small Jazz Ensembles in concert for an “afternoon of original arrangements and compositions for your lunch hour enjoyment” at the UDC Recital Hall (Performing Arts Bldg. 46-West).

Monday Oct. 6 also features eclectic violinist Chelsey Green at Blues Alley. An entertaining treat whether the venue is jazz, soul, R&B, hip hop or classical, Marcus J. Moore, writing for City Paper, said of her recently, “If you’ve seen her perform, surely you’ve witnessed Green shred her trademark green bows, twirling vigorously as she embraces whatever song she’s playing with her whole body.”

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Catch Fred Foss on October Tuesdays

at Bohemian Caverns

Master saxophonist and bandleader Fred Foss continues his month of Tuesdays as the Artist in Residence at Bohemian Caverns on Oct. 7. Speaking of Foss, in case you missed it there was a night not too long ago when it felt like a roots music evening on Georgia Avenue when a full house at the Sankofa Café and Bookstoreenjoyed jams by Foss, Nasar Abadey on drums and James “Tex” King on bass.

The searing riffs from Foss’ alto saxophone melding with Abadey’s whipping polyrhythms on drums and King’s every groovy and bluesy bass seemed to transport that section of the avenue across the waters and back, the motherland’s beats echoing up and down the street on tunes like “It Could Happen to You,” “Softly As In A Morning Sunrise,” and “I Can’t Get Started.”

Also On Oct. 7, Ann Hampton Calloway is to perform her “From Sassy to Divine: The Sarah Vaughn Project at Blues Alley, before vocalist Roberta Gambarini begins a four-night run Oct. 9 at the Alley. Jeff Antoniuk is at Twins Jazz Oct. 9 and 10, first with his Jazz Band Masterclasses and then with his Brazil Project. Larry Brown is back in action with his quintet, featuring trumpeter Thad Wilson, at Westminster Oct. 10, the same night Muhal Richard Abrams is at the Kennedy Center, and Davey Yarborough and Esther Williams are at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel. Cassandra Wilson is to perform at the Howard Theatre Oct. 12.

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Roberta Gambarini plays Blues Alley Oct. 9-12

Ongoing at UDC is the “Bringing Bossa Nova to the United States” at the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives at the University of the District of Columbia’s Learning Resource Division, through December 12. The exhibition, curated by UDC Professor Judith A. Korey and Michael Fitzgerald, with Rachel Elwell and exhibit designer Serdar Sirtanadolu, is at the Library-Bldg. 41, Level A, 4200 Connecticut Ave., N.W. in D.C. For more information, email jazzalive@udc.edu or go to http://www.lrdudc.wrlc.org/jazz/events.php.

InReview…Mark Meadows’ “Somethin’ Good”

The new CD “Somethin’ Good” by keyboardist Mark Meadows is just that on tunes like “Groovin High” and “Lush Life” in particular, and on other tunes such as “ Just Imagine” and  the title tune, which features a popping, whistling, catchy rhythm powered by drummer Eric Kennedy. Meadows flavors the tune with some grace and charm on piano at first, and then a rumbling, gutsy tone later, with the tune accented in sweet and sour fashion by Paul Bollenhback on guitar.

Meadows, the Baltimore artist who frequently plays around D.C., shows off his inventive compositions, full of wit, and also fun at times. Brent Birckhead sparkles on alto sax and Christie Dashiell, and Lena Seikaly provide fine vocals, as on “Once Upon a Purple Night,” the airy vocals finely framing Warren Wolf’s bright runs on vibes. Wolf also shines on “Way Up Here,” backed by Kennedy’s work on cymbals

InPerson…Paul Carr

Bravo, tenor sax man Paul Carr, for rip-roaring sets at Blues Alley last month, during a stop on tour to promote his new “B3 Sessions (DC-NY)” CD. Carr and bandmates Paul Bollenback on guitar, Pat Bianchi, organ, Sam Turner percussion and Lewis Nash, drums, jammed away on tunes like “So Do It,” “Dorothy,” “Random Harvest” and “Yes or No.”

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Paul Carr has a winner with

his new “B3 Sessions” CD

The CD, resulting from Carr’s longtime wish to do an organ recording, has Bianchi on organ for the New York sessions, along with Bollenback and Nash. The D.C. session tunes have Bobby Floyd on organ, with Bobby Broom, guitar, Byron Landham, drums and Turner on percussion. Another stop on the B3 Sessions tour for Carr and friends is scheduled Oct. 17 at Westminster.

One highlight of the CD is “Fall,” a Wayne Shorter tune, that has Carr playing the gentle, insistent melody leading into Bianchi’s organ weave, with his bass grooves underneath with his left hand, of the melody, over Nash’s popping work on cymbals and drums, and Bollenback’s complimenting guitar licks. The title tune, Carr’s “B3” has him honking and squawking with verve, before Bollenback digs deep into some Grant Green-like blues licks. See www.paulcarrjazz.com for more information.

InPerson… Carl Grubbs Ensemble

The rolling hills around the Ward Center for Arts at St. Paul’s School in Brooklandville, Md., just north of Baltimore, provided a perfectly artistic backdrop for the Carl Grubbs’ Ensemble performance for his annual John Coltrane Celebration one Saturday evening late last month.

Special guest Jaleel Shaw, an alto saxophonist and fellow Philadelphia native, like Grubbs, blew lyrical, fluid lines alongside Grubbs’ spearing, spiraling riffs on several tunes that night, delighting a capacity crowd. Ensemble players Eric Byrd on piano, Blake Meister, bass and John Lampkin III, drums, provided fine support for the mostly straight-ahead sets, on tunes like “Four,” “Giant Steps,” My One and Only Love” and “Recorda Me.”

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Carl Grubbs, who led ensemble for

Coltrane celebration concert last month,

plays at Free Fall/Baltimore event Oct. 14.

During each set Grubbs, the jazz studies instructor at St. Paul’s, would pause at some point to talk about Shaw, and how far he had come as a musician since Grubbs met him in Philadelphia many years ago when Shaw was a young teenager. Shaw in turn said what an honor it was to come to Baltimore and play with Grubbs, who in turn learned many basics of the music from Coltrane himself as a young player in Philadelphia.

Grubbs has a concert coming up this month at the FreeFall/Baltimore program Oct. 14 presented by Contemporary Arts Inc. and Enoch Pratt Library. The event, “An Evening of Artistic Excellence,” features Grubbs and other musicians, dancers and poets, from 7 to 9 pm at the Wheeler Auditorium at the library, 400 N. Cathedral Street in Baltimore. For more information go to www.contemporaryartsinc.com or  www.eventbrite.com.

InReview… The “Levin Brothers” CD

They were two brothers from the suburbs who traveled all over to play all kinds of music but never forgot their lifelong affection for jazz.

“We grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston, where we were trained in Classical music from a young age,” says Tony Levin. “But we also loved the 1950’s recordings by jazz bassist Oscar Pettiford and jazz French horn player Julius Watkins; and those have remained influential, even as we went on to other playing. The catchy melodies, deep grooves, and tight solos made that music memorable, and it’s been percolating for years for us to do an album of our own in that style.”

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The result is a very listenable “Levin Brothers” CD on the Lazy Bones Recordings label. Keyboardist Pete Levin, on organ and piano on the CD, has played over the years with Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Wayne Shorter and other notables in the jazz world while Tony Levin, on bass and cello on the CD, followed a more rock and pop oriented career with Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, Lou Reed, Pink Floyd and others—but also worked with Chris Botti, Chuck Mangione and Gary Burton. And the brothers toured together with Paul Simon.

Their expert musicianship, and that of the other players, Erik Lawrence, sax, David Spinozza, guitar, Jeff Siegel, drums and Steve Gadd, drums, shows up throughout their CD, so much so that the brief nature of some tunes make one wish for more extended solos and arrangements. The recording’s compositions are Tony Levin originals except for “Matte Kudasai,” a King Crimson tune.

Highlights of the recording begin with “Mysterioso,” which alternates a bright, lilting, horn-led melody, with a more standard, straight ahead passage featuring Pete Levin’s piano stylings, and then back again. Lawrence displays an understated but vibrant touch on tenor sax and Spinozza accents deftly on guitar. “Cello in the Night” is a lovely work driven by Tony Levin’s work on cello, Pete’s charms on piano and Siegel’s cymbal chimings. “Havana” romps nicely behind Pete on organ, Spinozza’s guitar work and Siegel on drums.

Spinozza and Pete, on organ, turn “Special Delivery” into more than just a ditty with some inspired solos. “Matte Kudasai,” for its dramatic tension and orchestral lushness may be the high point, Spinozza, Siegel and Pete, now back on piano, all playing with lyrical charm and Tony underpinning it all with a bluesy bass line.

“Ostropolya,” another tune that starts off as just a fun melody, has Pete then rippling on piano and Tony following on bass, for straight ahead jamming. “I Remember” has a gentle warmth sparkled by Pete’s piano work, with the intuitive interplay between the brothers on piano and bass here and on “When Sasha Gets the Blues,” and “When Fishy Takes a Walk,” especially, shining as a hallmark of the CD all by itself.

See www.thelevinbrothers.com or www.lazybones.com for more information.

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Photo by Leah Appel

Vocalist Lena Seikaly is to perform

Oct. 18 at Loew’s Madison Hotel