October 2013 Archives

by Darryl Kniffen.

Darryl Kniffen is a public school music teacher, freelance drummer/percussionist, and composer. He has a bachelor's of music in music education from Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam and will graduate with a master's of music in music education from Crane in 2014. He resides in Wilmington, VT.

"We like to make a joyful noise" exclaimed Steve Wilson, saxophone extraordinaire, at the Vermont Jazz Center last Saturday night. Drumming great Lewis Nash, alto and soprano saxophonist Steve Wilson, and special guest, jazz great Nat Reeves on upright bass made such a joyful noise Saturday night that it can still be heard echoing off the walls of the Vermont Jazz Center. The group captivated the audience with their brilliant musical dialogue. At times the ensemble played intimate, soft and sentimental. At times they were explosive and frenetic. The group beautifully explored the full range of emotions. The ensemble's interplay and connection on stage was so brilliant that it was hard to believe they were not all somehow one "superhuman" playing all three instruments simultaneously. During the duo tunes, Lewis Nash and Steve Wilson daringly slashed their way through uncharted musical territory. In the midst of explosive chaos, these pioneers would arrive at familiar ground and play wonderfully complex rhythms in unison. Nat Reeves provided the group with a soulful, rich bottom and was a tremendous treat for all.

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