Kenny Barron, Stefon Harris, Rufus Reid, Lewis Nash
Nobody swings like Johann Sebastian Bach. At least that's what the Classical Jazz Quartet (CJQ) all-star lineup of pianist Kenny Barron, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, bassist Rufus Reid (sitting in for Ron Carter on this date) and drummer Lewis Nash presupposes on Plays Bach, their new album on Vertical Jazz Records. Using a half-dozen of the 17th century baroque composer's eminent creations as a springboard for jazz invention and improvisation, the CJQ transcend genre and context in these performances and together forge an aesthetic experience that is both entertaining and sublime. With a lineup of instrumentalists that mirrors the pioneering Modern Jazz Quartet, the foursome of Plays Bach bring a swing and bop vibe to some of the most beautiful melodies ever written--a task completed to much acclaim already with the group's maiden effort in 2000, Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. The unseen member of CJQ is arranger Bob Belden who brings his masterful arranging skills to Classical Jazz Quartet Plays Bach and last years Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker.
Let your hair down for the Classical Jazz Quartet Jan. 14-19 at The Iridium Jazz Club.
IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 Broadway at 51st Street
New York, NY 10019
Sets at 8 & 10 pm
and an added set on Fri. & Sat. at 11:30