Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Much like Confucius,...(Does this make Allen Kanovsky 'confuced'?)

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 12/23/14

...Silvano Monasterios has words of wisdom for those who are willing to listen. Last night, after an evening of incredible JAZZ, he offered this sage advice. "Stop trying to figure it out. Sit back, listen and enjoy". He is absolutely right on. 

As Hillary said "What difference does it make?" Time registers, chord changes, keys-----just absorb the sound en toto. Troy Roberts (tenor sax/composition) returned to South Florida last night to appear at the MJC's Rent Party at the Open Stage. He left us 2 years ago to take The Apple by storm. He is back and will appear around town for the next week or so. Catch him if you love JAZZ. On stage, with him for the first set were Silvano Monasterios (piano), Eric England (upright bass) and David Chiverton on drums. They have played as a band before. But, not like last night. Last night was very special. Each band member contributing outstanding solo and unison work.

Musicians/educators, who would join in the Jam later on, listened in rapt attention. Gary Keller, Brian Lynch, Gary Campbell, Larry Lapin, Yoel DelSol, Ben Stocker and others were there. I was joined by buddy Bill along with Deborah & Duane. D&D took time out from organizing the Mango Strut (Sunday). The opener was a seldom heard "Up Jumped Spring". It was an instant alert as to "Things To Come".

From there on it was Troy originals. Original doesn't come close to what I was to hear for the rest of the set. Solos by each were beyond belief. Silvano makes you wonder how far beyond the limit will he take you. Eric is passionately in love with his instrument. David is relentless in keeping them on track and pushing them to the limit. Troy---innovative, imaginative, creative and just plain alive. "Trick or Treat". Remember what Silvano told me. A ballad titled "The Little Thing" had an exquisite Eric bass solo, followed by Silvano,soft and melodic. Troy had his turn and all I can say is elegant and eloquent.

"Trip" is be-bop for 2014 and beyond. Troy and Silvano deliver beyond belief solos, playing with time & rhythm. Brian Lynch cannot stay in his seat and takes the stage, horn in hand. Bop trumpeters around the world hearken to his word. David has a drum intro for the final tune of the set, "Secret Rhythm". Silvano plays more notes in a bar than is humanly possible. He looks like a normal human being but when I listen to all those notes it makes me wonder. I used the word a couple of sentences ago but it is the only one that fully describes Troy's solo on this one. ELEGANT. During the break they show the Basie Big Band with Joe Williams, George Benson and Sarah Vaughan on TV's around the room. Deborah & Duane give us a little Mid-west Lindy show. The band opens the 2nd set with "Stella By Starlight" which makes Bill happy because he can hum along to the opening refrain. Troy and Silvano thrill me again. Brian joins in for "Bernies Tune". His upper register has exceptional clarity and tone. His solos are filled with original thought. Gary Campbell joins in on "Bernies" and softens then hardens the tune. Great! Larry Lapin sits down at the piano and Gary Keller takes the stage and they all do "Autumn Leaves". A young bassist, Sebastian, steps in for "All The things You Are". The Jam is on. Ben Stocker (tenor sax) and several other young players take the stage to do a couple. Tim Jago (guitar) joins Troy, Silvano, Eric, David, Silvano, Brian and the two Gary's to do "Green Dolphin Street". Nanami and Jamie have arrived and Jamie lets me know they are doing it in 5/4. He says " You know. One, two, three, four, five". I stopped trying to figure it out 6 songs ago. 

'The Music Stopped' is the title of Frank Sinatra's first big hit with the Tommy Dorsey band. Well the music stopped and the conversation began, Silvano, Jamie, Rick Katz and I pulled up our bar stools and traded musician stories for a while. Only musicians truly know how difficult and treacherous the music "biz" is. 

'Twas three nights before Christmas and I'm hoping Santa didn't see me and Rita the other night. Thanks to everyone who played last night. Every note a thrill! .

Brian Lynch

Silvano Monasterios & Tim Jago

Troy Roberts, front and center.

Al's Disclaimer:
A short note: The reason I write this is because I love music and words. I do not book acts. I do not promote acts. I do not accept invitations to review artists. I go to venues of my own choice. When and where is not influenced by anything other than who I would like to hear that night or day. If I don't like what I hear, I won't write about it. When I like it I let you all know. I never mention a name without asking permission. "Pardon me, Miss. Would you like to dance?" 

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