Friday, July 20th, 2001
Transamerica Redwood Park

I know this isn't www.jazzbase.com, but I have to tell you about Darol and his pals and their hot set at the Transamerica Redwood Park that I just caught. As always, it was a true delight to see Darol play. His jazz guys were: Deszon Claiborne - drums, Jon Evans - upright bass and Jack Perla - Yamaha electric piano. For this set Darol was commissioned by the SF Jazz organization (www.sfjazz.org) to write a new piece. The piece was very interesting and aptly titled "Redwood." A hilarious thing happened right before this piece was played. Darol commented about how interesting San Francisco is, pointing out the bronze plaque memorializing "Bummer & Lazurus," two stray dogs that became famous in this part of San Francisco in the 1860's. Just as Darol made this comment, a dog barked, once, loudly. I just loved that! Darol mentioned just before his very cool fusion number (which he described as "Chick Corea falling down a flight of stairs") "A Real Dragon" that "you are looking at some of the greatest San Francisco musical talent." Darol played several originals ("Key Signator," the brand new "Redwood," "A Real Dragon," and "Sneezin'"). Also in the one hour set was a fabulous rendition of the Oliver Nelson number, "Hoedown." It was interesting to hear this one without Nelson's trumpet.

The set ended with Darol and Co. playing the jazz standard "Taking a Chance on Love," dedicated to the jazz violin great (who Darol actually was able to play with), Stephane Grappelli. Perla, Claiborne and Evans all took several solos throughout the set and proved that Darol was dead-on in his assessment of their skills. This was the third time in as many years that I've been able to hear Darol play free at an SF Jazz performance. I'd bet he'll do it again, next year. Be there! I hope that Darol takes this band on a whirlwind tour great sounding rooms in the Bay Area (Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Yoshi's, Noe Valley Ministry...).

The set:
Key Signator (Anger)
Hoedown (Oliver Nelson)
You Can't Take That Away From Me (Gershwin)
Redwood (first time ever played for the public) (Anger)
A Real Dragon (Anger)
Sneezin' (Anger)
Taking a Chance on Love (Duke)

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Tom Montgomery
JamBase Bay Area Correspondent

[Published on: 7/25/01]

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