Chronology of a Dream: Live At The Village Vanguard
The hardworking Jon Batiste has already released a previous live volume from last year’s residency at the Village Vanguard. Where that was all Monk-like (if not Monk-lite) this new one showcases Batiste’s compositional chops and the tunes are short-sharp statements in groove. His band, Stay Human, is on fire, the crowd is hot, the gospel roots are there – so it has all the elements of a great live album; fantastic feel and vibe.
We get little snippets of soul and funk and N’awlins groove, there’s tambourines to incentivise audience participation clap-alongs and those lush, deep chord voicings that Batiste knows so well shine deep here.
Best known these days for his ‘day’ job as Stephen Colbert’s Late Show musical director, Batiste’ s Stay Human band shows plenty of fire still. Trumpeter Giveton Gelon, saxophonists Tivon Pennicott (tenor) and Patrick Bartley (alto), alongside guitarist Louis Cato, tuba/trumpeter Jon Lampley and percussionist Negah Santos join the long-running trio rhythm section of Joe Saylor (drums) and Phil Kuehn (bass) to perform in a jazz/R’n’B style similar to The Roots’ fluid appreciation of music.
Here you’ll hear evocations of pop and funk (PRINCE), deep jazz (SOULFUL) and some James Booker-styled boogie (KENNER). The album is a little ripper – a great sampler of jazz styles and it’s all lovingly served up in tribute to the late-great Roy Hargrove.
Well worth hearing.
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