Appearing at the Collingswood Community Center, 30 E. Collings Ave, in Collingswood, NJ, on December 2nd, 2010 will be AntFarm, featuring vocalist Paul Jost
, pianist Jim Ridl
, bassist Tim Lekan
, and drummer Bob Shomo
One Show: 7:30-9 p.m.
Admission: $10/$5 for students.
No advance sales.
For info: 856-858-8914
This is our 7th season in Collingswood, and Jazz Bridge is a 501C3 nonprofit that assists our local jazz and blues musicians in crisis.
Review of their latest CD By John Barron/Patrick Prouty
from All About Jazz: The Antfarm Quartet is an ultra-hip ensemble of seasoned east coast jazz musicians with like-minded ideals. On their CD Dialogues, pt. 2, vocalist Paul Jost, pianist Jim Ridl, bassist Tim Lekan and drummer Bob Shomo demonstrate a collaborative penchant for soulful experimentation on a solid set of originals and standards.In an era of male jazz vocalists jousting for position as Rat Pack wannabees and angst-ridden, twenty-something posers, Jost is a sigh of relief. He possesses an abundance of convincing vocal qualities, most notably his ability to deliver fresh, uncontrived readings of overdone standards. Ridl is a dynamic force on the keyboard. The North Dakota native demonstrates dexterous command on the up-tempo Put on a Happy Face," and dense lyricism on his own ballad Sun on My Hands." Lekan and Shomo swing along with unremitting energy, elevating the intensity of each groove and providing a relaxed foundation for Jost and Ridl to shine. Lekan also contributes as composer with the bouncy title track, an engaging group-improv piece that maintains a relaxed pocket. High-level musicianship aside, the real charm of The Antfarm Quartet lies in their communal sensibilitiesthey sound like a real band. Dialogues, pt. 2 is full of give-and-take, humility and warmth."