March 9, 2008

Alan Jones and the Bridge Quartet

Last night I went to Jimmy Mak’s to see Alan Jones‘ CD release party for “Day,” the first of two new CD’s from the Bridge Quartet. The quartet (Alan, Darrell Grant, Tom Wakeling, and Phil Dwyer) played three amazing sets of music. The group really stretched the pieces and focused on heavily improvised music rather than intricate arrangements.

Although all the players were great, I know all of the saxophone players in the audience were especially blown-away by Phil Dwyer. What a monster tenor player.

Alan mentioned during the release that the group was proud of the recording-quality of the project, which they did out at Clackamas Community College in the new studio there. After listening to the disc, I have to agree – it sounds great. It definitely makes me tempted to record my first studio project there.

In other news, I have some new recordings that I’m working on editing to put on the site. I got the tracks from the Old Church concert (which Patrick Springer did a great job of recording) and I have some stuff from my trio gig at Wilf’s as well.More soon.