Firehouse 12  45 Crown Street  New Haven, CT 06510  203.785.0468

David Weiss and the Point of Departure Quintet
Part of the Spring '07 Jazz Series
Friday, May 11, 2007
8:30p $15 The on-line box office is closed.
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10:00p $10 The on-line box office is closed.
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David Weiss
Jamire Williams
JD Allen : tenor sax
Matt Clohesy
Nir Felder

Music Samples
04 Our Trip.mp3 [9.06 mb] stream  download

D_Weiss_300dpi.jpg [4.13 mb]

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The late 1960's were a turbulent but exciting time for jazz. The music seemed to simultaneously get more complex and simpler at the same time as a variety of influences infused the music. Some were experimenting with soul, rock and exotic rhythms from the India and the Far East. Others were carrying on the innovations of the second great Miles Davis quintet, using the group's ever- shifting rhythms and harmonic complexities as a springboard to new compositional ideas. Some somehow combined both to create some new, exciting music. The Point of Departure Quintet is re-examining some of the most innovative music of the period, some of it neglected, some, perhaps, never quite as developed as it could have been as things seemed to move at a pace during that period that left some music from being fully realized as they quickly moved on to the next new thing. Among the composers being re-examined and re-imagined are Andrew Hill, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson and music from the unsung Kenny Cox and the Contemporary Jazz Quintet (who recorded two seminal but under appreciated records for Blue Note in the late 1960's).

Known for introducing many of the finest young musicians to the jazz world for the past 10 years through his sextet (Marcus and E.J. Strickland), the New Jazz Composers Octet (Myron Walden, Jimmy Greene, Greg Tardy, Xavier Davis and Nasheet Waits) and as a producer (first CD's by Robert Glasper, Jeremy Pelt and Marcus Strickland), Weiss introduces some of the finest young musicians on the scene today, Bassist Luques Curtis, Guitarist Nir Felder and Drummer Jamire Williams.

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