Saturday, August 06, 2005

The Newark Star Ledger has a nice review from Zan Stewart of a recent avant garde reunion concert:

In the 1960s halcyon days of the jazz avant-garde, tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp, trombonist Roswell Rudd, bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Andrew Cyrille were firebrands, known for their no-holds-barred performances. Thursday at the Iridium, the foursome, all premier jazz voices who have played with each other variously since the early '50s and have been a working quartet since 2000, showed how much their prerogatives have changed -- at least in this ensemble. Their first set was laid-back and melodic yet with an openness, a style that has deep roots with all the players.