The Ross McHenry Future Ensemble was part of the bill for this year’s Jazz Festival and a fine gig this was too. I went with not a whole lot of expectation – by which I mean I was open, hoping to see something great, but really not sure what I was going to get. Okay, there was some likelihood it would be good – given it involved a couple of musicians I’ve always enjoyed (Myele Manzanza and Adam Page). But it also involved a bunch of musicians I’d never heard of – there is always the worry, at a Jazz Festival, that indulgence is going to take over. I had no need to worry – this was one of the best gigs I saw over a stacked weekend (cramming in a half dozen gigs or so across three days) and yet I never got around to writing a review. I should have – because it was great. But sometimes you run out of time, or enthusiasm. It’s been a constant struggle of trying to play “catch up” this year too, what with being burgled, losing my computer. It was right around Jazz Festival time that I was working on a borrowed computer, getting in the ‘assignments’, reviews for the paper, daily blogs – my own writing outside of that suffered somewhat. I’ve been out of sorts all year as a result. Fucking burglars!
I must look for a bit more of Ross’ music – he was at the helm of this as bassist and chief composer. A great player. And the ‘heads’ that these guys improvised around were impressive. A really great combo. It was a Friday night, it was the second gig I had seen that night and I had other things on my mind. This gig offered some relief, some release. It was in fact a highlight of the festival.
Stubs is an occasional feature here at Off The Tracks – looking back through the ticket-stub box and remembering how the show went down.