Mary Oliver - violin and viola
Richard Teitlebaum - electronics
Mark Dresser - bass
Uri Caine - piano
Michael Moore - alto sax and clarinet
Thomas Heberer - trumpet
Ray Anderson - trombone
"Andrew!" - he give Mr. Cyrille a big hug
"I never got out" - when asked by George Lewis after playing with Dexter Gordon in the 60's how he got out
"Drums are for swinging"
"along with some noise, we'll play mostly for Misha with Misha tunes tonight"
stars with a solo from the great drummer - ok, nice and somewhat explosive - into a duet with Oliver and Dresser - pretty damn great with Dresser mostly with the bow - cheers then a freeish improv where things got real damn great...
then a swinging Misha tune - a fantastic duet with Han and Uri - and then a little something something - a short Mengelberg penned piece of genius and the first set is done - very fine
second set includes "Baltimore Oriole" with Oliver astounding and Ray now really warming up, then Misha's "Rollo 2" which is part Duke, part Misha Mengelberg and part New/Old Dutch swing - a surprising great duet with Teitlebaum and Oliver and then into "Jackie-ing" with Ray Anderson tearing it the FUCK up! Heberer rules the word as well, and Han as always swung like the world might be ending. Dresser played John Ore or Wilbur Ware with Dresser technique and it made the damn thing so damn tight, it is unexplainable by this man. Just simply ripping....
this time a short ballad with no solos to close, the crowd doesn't stop, all standing - and Han jumps out for a great 5 minute solo with the energy level way up, out and high - and it is the end of a very special night.
was a pleasure the have the *great* Joe McPhee in the seat next to me in the second row - a pure gentleman of this music - what an honor and oh how nice he was to my wonderful Barbara
and as Barbara said on the way home, why do these shows keep getting better?