Rafi Zabor’s Updoc for Friday, Feb. 22 & Tuesday, Feb. 26

Gosh, it’s been ages since I’ve done an all-jazz show, but it happens on this week’s Updoc—miiesbyrdFriday at 8PM and noon next Tuesday, Birdland time—and it leads off with a belated tribute to Donald Byrd, who left this town a couple of weeks ago and took his trumpet with him. It ends with his hit, Cristo Redentor, and if the choral arrangement is a bit schlocky it’s a beautiful melody and Byrd plays it well enough for heaven. Then I catch up on someone I should have been hip to for years, the young tenorist Walter Smith III, playing with a young all-star cohort. Following that, well hey, I actually got my hands on a new release, if of old music: the legal release of bootlegs from the no longer quite so “lost” Miles Davis Quintet of 1969-70, the one with Wayne, Chick, Holland, and DeJohnette, probably MIles’ scorchingest band ever. An hour and four minutes long, and get ready to have your eyebrows broiled. Bring lots of lotion and a cooling drink.

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