THE JOHN PATITUCCI TRIO
FEATURING GEORGE GARZONE AND MARCUS GILMORE
TO PERFORM AT
CATALINA'S ON SEPTEMBER 24 AND 27
IN SUPPORT OF REMEMBRANCE
Patitucci, at the top of his class on both acoustic and electric basses, delivers his latest Concord Jazz project, Remembrance (August 4), a remarkable outing of 11 straight-ahead-to-funky-to-classical-tinged originals featuring the astounding trio comprising saxophonist Joe Lovano and drummer Brian Blade. Almost every tune is dedicated to a musician, hence the title. The CD is the bassist's 13th as a leader and seventh for Concord, with which he made his debut in 1997 with One More Angel. Guests include his wife Sachi Patitucci on cello and percussionist Rogerio Boccato, who delivers simpatico rhythms with Blade on four tracks that Patitucci says makes them sound "like one giant organism."
"It's not an easy thing for a bass player to be able to lead his own group and record today," says Patitucci, who, in addition to being a leader, is a longstanding member of saxophonist Wayne Shorter's quartet (along with Blade) as well as a regular participant in trios led by drummers Roy Haynes and Jack DeJohnette. He adds, "Our musical elders were the trailblazers who forged a path for us to follow."
On Remembrance, Patitucci pays homage to several of his heroes, including tenor sax colossus Sonny Rollins (the upbeat "Sonny Side"), the late trumpeter legend Freddie Hubbard (the bouncy, joyful "Blues for Freddie"), tenor sax titan Joe Henderson (the bold, bright "Joe Hen" with Lovano's searing tenor solo) and bass elder Ray Brown (the lazy blues "Play Ball" that Patitucci says is "one of the slowest tempos I've ever played").
Remembrance teems with that loving sensibility throughout. "We're paying tribute, but we're also shaping the music to reflect who we are," Patitucci says. "We're not just copying or resting on the musicians who came before us. We're playing this music as our way of contributing to the evolution of jazz."
Thursday-Sunday, September 24-27
Sets at 8pm & 10pm
John Patitucci, bass
George Garzone, tenor saxophone
Marcus Gilmore, drums
Catalina Bar & Grill
6725 West. Sunset Blvd., CA. 90028
Tel. (323) 466-2210
CJA-31018-02 Release date: August 4, 2009