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James Farm at Portland Jazz Fest: Nothing Tentative

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  • February. 28, 2011
    James Farm at Portland Jazz Fest: Nothing Tentative

    James Farm—Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman, and Eric Harland—performed at the Newmark Theater on Sunday as part of the 2011 Portland Jazz Festival.

     

    "Summertime it wasn’t but that’s the way the show began, with one of Gershwin’s major contributions to the Great American Songbook, reports Oregon Music News' Jack Berry. "'Summertime' was the first and last tune most people in the large and ready to roar audience had ever heard before. All four members of the band are composers and there was nothing tentative about the original creations. Speaking to Lynn Darroch at the Performance Center’s Art Bar on Saturday, Redman described the difference between playing with a piano-less trio and a quartet. It takes fewer notes, with the latter, for him to achieve a sense of harmonic richness. Pianist Aaron Goldberg took care of harmony Sunday but Redman wasn’t exactly stingy with the notes."

     

    Berry goes on to say of Redman: "Having heard him only on record, I was engaged by his stage presence — the lean body moving up and down, shoulders flapping like wings — demonstrating that jazz will forever have to do with dance. The coherence, fluency and adventurousness of his playing is unquestionable. How very fortunate it is that someone who can play this well has become seriously popular."

     

    Read the complete concert review at oregonmusicnews.com.

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on February 28, 2011

James Farm—Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman, and Eric Harland—performed at the Newmark Theater on Sunday as part of the 2011 Portland Jazz Festival.

 

"Summertime it wasn’t but that’s the way the show began, with one of Gershwin’s major contributions to the Great American Songbook, reports Oregon Music News' Jack Berry. "'Summertime' was the first and last tune most people in the large and ready to roar audience had ever heard before. All four members of the band are composers and there was nothing tentative about the original creations. Speaking to Lynn Darroch at the Performance Center’s Art Bar on Saturday, Redman described the difference between playing with a piano-less trio and a quartet. It takes fewer notes, with the latter, for him to achieve a sense of harmonic richness. Pianist Aaron Goldberg took care of harmony Sunday but Redman wasn’t exactly stingy with the notes."

 

Berry goes on to say of Redman: "Having heard him only on record, I was engaged by his stage presence — the lean body moving up and down, shoulders flapping like wings — demonstrating that jazz will forever have to do with dance. The coherence, fluency and adventurousness of his playing is unquestionable. How very fortunate it is that someone who can play this well has become seriously popular."

 

Read the complete concert review at oregonmusicnews.com.

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