Alvester Garnett and His Artworks Ensemble perform in the
After Hours at Dizzy's Club "Coca-Cola"
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Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
After Hours Set
Alvester Garnett and His Artworks Ensemble
Alvester Garnett on Drums
Bruce Williams and Jed Levy, Saxophones and Flute
Phil Palombi, Bass
Frederick P. Rose Hall
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
Broadway at 60th Street
(Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola Website)
Todd Barkan, Programming Director
Scott Thompson, Press
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
January 28, 2011
In tonight's After Hours set, Alvester Garnett and
his Artworks Ensemble followed Randy Weston's African Rhythms Sextet, with Dizzy's
Club Coca-Cola still packed. The whole band began as one, with melodic brass
and both saxophones leading propulsive rhythms. The saxes, played by Bruce Williams
and Jed Levy, added pulse and fascination. A tiny refrain from "'Round Midnight"
added sensuality to the mix, when the beat slowed down. Jed Levy's composition,
"A Great Week" was being featured, and he's certainly an artist to watch, nicely
showcased by Alvester Garnett. In the second piece, the saxes and Phil Palombi's
bass took a backup theme, as the musicians merged abstract and melodic genres. Alvester
added light cymbal effects and muffled drums to Palombi's deep bass, then as an
interlude to introduce the next piece. Levy, on flute, shifted keys, as Williams
and Palombi joined for mesmerizing mystery. Deep sonority evoked sounds of a natural
woodland. Levy's flute added plaintive poignancy, reminiscent of Herbie Mann.
At times, Levy or Williams would walk side stage, so the other could stay center
stage. Syncopated drumbeats were truly exciting, as Alvester led the tempo. When
the sax turned melodic, Palombi took a bass solo with a brand new arrangement of
the theme. Levy returned on flute, and his sound was eloquent. Bruce Williams' "More
to Go" brought back Williams and Levy on duo saxes, and the piece jumped with lively
bass and drums. It was fast-paced, over the edge, and Levy swayed in place, a slow
dance to his fast dynamics. When Alvester took the spotlight, the piece took us
way uptown. It started with moderation, then went off the charts. The bass repeated
the melody, then led the band, before both saxes played dim, echoing themes. At
this point Williams and Levy walked about the Club, like they were in New Orleans,
playing their saxes, mingling with their fans. When Alvester turned his drums into
a flourish of fireworks, a great, exciting dimension ensued.
"Cops and Robbers", composed and led by Levy, showcased him on solo sax, with bass
and drums in rambunctious backup. Williams joined in toward the finale, as two saxes
hit the same exact notes. When Williams took sax solo, Alvester played his drum
pedal for extra muffling effects. Bass and drums matched syncopated tempos, then
the whole Artworks Ensemble merged with a danceable beat. For updated listings of
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, check out
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Publishing Date: 07/05/2011