Rafi Zabor’s Updoc, Fri. 8/15 & Tues. 8/19


When I was a kid learning my way into jazz back in, you know, That Decade, I was hot on the trail of Trane and Sonny and Ornette and Mingus and Cecil and those guys, but the bread and butter and meat and potatoes that kept me going was cooked up by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Later in life, when he was so deaf he had to play drums by visual cues and vibrations through the floorboards—years before Evelyn Glennie, mind you—he used to make the speech more often than ever: “You don’t see any sheet music up here on the stage. This music comes direct from the Creator to you,” and despite the cost of the years or because of it, sometimes it was even more audibly true than ever. On this week’s Updoc, though—Friday at 8 PM and noon next Tuesday, Harlem’s Disciples time—we stick and mallet with peak-period Buhaina and his associated delights. For some reason, I programmed three intensely melodic 20th-century string quartets for contrast, composed by Bacewicz, Adès and Weir respectively, and if you can make sense of the juxtaposition please let me know. In the meantime, do let Mr. Blakey lift you like a pressroll and drop you into a new chorus of your life more enriched and invigorated than ever. Really, it happens all the time.

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