When was the last time you heard Art Lande playing normal chords?
Melody, harmony and rhythm? Beautiful melodies? Cadences you can identify?
It's a wild exaggeration of course, but this is actually how a phone call from Art began when when we were discussing this next concert.
Sunday, July 14, Art and Sam Williams will be playing an evening of such melodious and harmonic works. Months of preparation in the making, Art and Sam will play music by original Rubisa Patrol drummer, Glenn Cronkhite. In a phrase, these pieces map right into that enigmatic category of 1970's/ECM/major quality and substance.
Glenn is a composer, drummer, vibraphonist, percussionist, craftsman, and an all around a great guy. He played drums in the Art Lande Quintet with Steve Swallow from 1971 - 1973, then added a few more years with Rubisa Patrol, contributing several interesting pieces to their books along the way. In the past couple seasons, Art has played some pieces from those early years and the ECM years. In addition to revisiting the fabulous recorded versions (many times), it was such a delight to hear them played live, with the influence of both then and right now. For the same reason, I'm giddy with anticipation for the chance to hear this music in July, 2019.
Sam Williams and Art have been playing together for many years now, as members of the Emily Takahashi Quintet and in other ensembles. Sam is a masterful player and educator across a wide variety of musical styles from big band to sax quartet, orchestras, as a soloist, and more ... . If you don't have a copy of his album Turn The Moon, you need to remedy that situation right now with a quick purchase, and mark your calendar in bold red for Sunday, July 14, 7:30 pm, when Sam and Art will play some wonderfully timeless, Cronkhite music, in the now, and just for you. All YOU have to do is be present. Easy peasy.