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February 24, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Cecile McLorin Salvant, Julian Priester shine at Portland Jazz Festival | Concert review

The Buster Williams band Something More, with Julian Priester, trombone.  (Mark Sheldon)

The Buster Williams band Something More, with Julian Priester, trombone. (Mark Sheldon)

Singer Cecile McLorin Salvant dazzled Jazz Alley Wednesday, then hit the Portland Jazz Festival this past weekend. Portland, on the other hand, got first dibs on veteran Seattle trombonist Julian Priester — in bassist Buster Williams’ band Something More, which hits Jazz Alley Tuesday.

But never mind the timing, Portland got the best deal: Salvant and Williams shared a double bill at the Newmark Theatre there Saturday.

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October 2, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Keith Jarrett surpasses all expectations | Concert review

(Sven Thielmann)

(Sven Thielmann)

Apart from a first, revelatory encounter with Keith Jarrett in the ’70s — and that probably doesn’t count, since it was comparable to a first date with a future spouse — Tuesday night’s performance by Jarrett and his trio at Benaroya Hall surpassed anything I’ve heard in 40 years by this extraordinary pianist.

When he’s really on, Jarrett has a way of drawing listeners into his compressed realm of concentration, where the notes seem to fall like crystals in a snow globe.

Even when he was probing intensely, or flying over the keys at top speed, Jarrett’s playing had a clarity and lightness, the egolessness he famously strives for but does not always achieve. Nothing felt forced — there was little gospelish vamping — and he got in and out of his ideas quickly, as if to say, “Well, there is it is. Hope you like it.”

Boy, did we ever. The jubilant crowd cheered the trio back for an unusual four encores, which suggested that the 30-year-old trio was playing very well, indeed.

As always, Jarrett, bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette offered a mix of standards, bebop and originals in a variety of tempos, with some melodies heavily disguised. Include in that group the opening ballad, “Some Day My Prince Will Come,” which began with a long, cross-handed rumble over knocking drums, melted into swing time and a bass solo, glanced by the melody, then vamped out.

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Comments | More in Festivals, Jazz | Topics: Earshot Jazz Festival, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette

September 26, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Keith Jarrett kicks off 7 weeks of Earshot

(Sven Thielmann) The Earshot Jazz Festival, which lasts a whopping seven weeks this year, gets under way Tuesday at Benaroya Hall with headliner Keith Jarrett. The famously creative (and notoriously fussy) pianist — jazz’s own Glenn Gould — appears with his trio, which features former Cornish College instructor Gary Peacock (bass) and Jack DeJohnette (drums). Jarrett played on…

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