Tonight: Aram Shelton Salutes a Bobby Hutcherson Classic at the Skylark | Bleader

Tonight: Aram Shelton Salutes a Bobby Hutcherson Classic at the Skylark

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Last week I wrote about a new band organized by drummer Frank Rosaly to play the music of Prince Lasha—specifically his album The Cry! with Sonny Simmons—that was debuting at the Skylark. Tonight another new group sets up in the back of the same Pilsen bar and restaurant to play music from another great 60s jazz album. Reedist and former Chicagoan Aram Shelton—on one of his frequent visits from Oakland—has put together a new quintet to play Bobby Hutcherson's Dialogue, an essential Blue Note LP from 1965.

The killer band on the album—vibist Hutcherson, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, reedist Sam Rivers, pianist Andrew Hill, bassist Richard Davis, and drummer Joe Chambers—bring the tunes, by Hill and Chambers, to vivid life. Dialogue is one of the best recordings from an era marked by a deluge of out-leaning efforts by a loose association of sympathetic, powerful musicians, which also included reedists Jackie McLean and Joe Henderson. Shelton's group lacks a trumpeter, but its lineup is excellent: drummer Tim Daisy, vibist Jason Adasiewicz (who's frequently and inaccurately compared to Hutch), pianist Marc Riordan, and bassist Anton Hatwich. Unlike the Rosaly project, Green and Gold, which is ongoing, tonight's combo has no plans to reconvene—but the show should be a blast.

Today's playlist:

John Zorn, Filmworks XI, 2002 Volume One: Secret Lives (Tzadik)
Spur, Of the Moments (Galactic Zoo Disc/Drag City)
Osvaldo Coluccino, Neuma Q (Die Schachtel)
Kevin Drumm, Necro Acoustic (Pica Disk)
Perez Prado & His Orchestra, Kuba-Mambo (Tumbao)

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