Cool jazz for a summer night

GUILFORD — On Sunday at 7 p.m. Wendy Redlinger's Jazz Soiree will present the Bob Stabach 4tet with George Kaye, bass; Jon Fisher, drums; Bob Stabach, sax and special guest pianist Stephen Page. They will perform a mix of Cool Jazz tunes from the '50s complemented by European ECM style jazz compositions.

     Cool Jazz arose out of the post World War II American Jazz scene. It was a reaction to the bebop movement which was characterized by tense and complex music featuring virtuosic performances, fast tempos and intense syncopation. Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker were its formost proponents. In contrast, cool jazz was characterized by smooth relaxed tempos, a lighter tone and incorporated elements of classical music, exemplified by The Modern Jazz Quartet, Dave Brubeck, ( "Time Out" album.) Other leading proponents were Lester Young, early Miles Davis ( "Birth of the Cool" album) and Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker's piano-less quartet.

     In the '70s, ECM Records started recording European musicians who were influenced by the Cool West Coast music, not so much its sound but it's aesthetic values, subdued nuanced exspresivity laidback softer sound. The music of ECM musicians Jan Garberek Keith Jarrett Eberhard Weber Miroslav Vitous is usually described as introspective, restrained meditative and their playing can be characterized by long, slow paced gestures that are preferred to displays of virtuosity They use silence and classical impressionistic devices, eschew blues notes and swing rhythms.

     Guest pianist Stephen Page counts as one of his influences the ECM aesthetic. An eternal student of sound, Stephen completed his jazz studies at Umass.and continued his studies with Billy Taylor' Yusef Lateef, and Kenny Werner. Stephen worked throughout the eastern seaboard with such jazz luminaries as Sheila Jorden, Steve Kuhn, Greg Abate, Avery Sharp, Archie Shepp, Christian McBride, Gary Smulyan among others.

     Archie Shepp says "Apart from a brilliant talent, Stephen Page possesses two qualities essential to a performing artist: patience and originality" Stephen draws inspiration from ECM musicians Bobo Stensen, Anders Jormin and Toard Gustevsen.

     For more information and directions, call Wendy Redlinger, 802-254-6189 or Bob Stabach, at 802-387-4714.


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