Saturday, November 14, 2015

USA: Lew Tabackin Trio CD Release Club Bonafide Thurs., Nov 17th 7:30pm

Lew Tabackin Trio
CD Release
Club Bonafide
Thursday, November 17th
Lew Tabackin, tenor & flute
Boris Kozlov, bass
Mark Taylor, drums 
Club Bonafide
212 East 52nd St,3rd Fl
NYC 10022 646 918 6189
2 sets starting at 7:30pm
admission grants access all night
Cover: $25 | Doors: 6pm

Tickets & Info
At the urging of noted jazz photographer Jimmy Katz, I agreed to let him record my trio with Boris Kozlov, bass and Mark Taylor, drums. The concept was to create a kind of organic, unpretentious approach. Recording at Steve Maxwell’s drum shop in Manhattan, we set up in very close proximity. Sometimes you can actually hear the sympathetic vibrations from the many drum sets in the shopgood vibrations.

We played as if “live” in a club, with no real editing. As my old friend, the great Zoot Sims would say, “You turn on the tape and gets what you get”. Playing the flute in this space and in that system, however, was a bit problematic since the room is quite “dead”. I had to try to play without over compensating and remembered a Jean Pierre Rampal masterclass several years ago where he discussed trying to overcome a dead acoustical hall, with unsatisfactory results. Lessons learned. Ultimately, with help from David Darlington’s magic, the results are transcendent.
Most of the tunes require little explanation; I was just trying to retain some of the more traditional jazz values in an open, communicative way. Not much was pre-set. The three originals are a kind of Japan trilogy. Garden at Life Time was inspired by the garden of Yoshinobu, the last shogun of the Edo era. The garden is adjacent to a wonderful jazz club, Life Time, owned by Mr. Yutaka Kubota, who loves to play bebop piano and is a great supporter of jazz and other arts. I am so proud of the way Mark and Boris captured the kind of “gakaku” free improvisation throughout this piece. Bb Where It’s At, is a light-hearted tune written for Bb, a wonderful venue in Akasaka, where Mr. Akira Suzuki has given us unconditional support for several years. Our performances there are like playing for old friends.
Minoru was written for one of the last great, old school saxophone technicians, Minoru Ishimori, who literally saved the musical lives of so many of us through the years when we encountered instrument problems during tours in Japan. His passing was a great loss and he is dearly missed. Playing at Ishimori Gakki’s performance space during our yearly tours rekindles memories of this special individual. It’s always great to connect with his sons Tomo and Shinji and the wonderful staff at this special oasis in Tokyo.
A little explanation of my “derangement” of Sunset and the Mocking Bird is in order. I tried to incorporate as much Bird shit as I could, even quoting a little Yard Bird in my opening solo. I hope Duke purists are not too offended. Finally, I would like to acknowledge the amazing contributions of Boris and Mark and look forward to continuing on our path. 

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