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David Marriott, Jr. is a jazz trombonist, composer/arranger, educator, and blogger. A two-time Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award recipient and winner of the 1999 National Jazz Trombone Competition, David is active in a variety of Seattle jazz groups, including the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Zubatto Syndicate and his own critically-acclaimed groups Septology and Triskaidekaband.

Rich Cole Quartet at the Musiquarium

Arriving at The Musicquarium in time to catch the last tune of the second set, I was blown away by the energy coming out of Rich Cole's quartet. The group's version of Rhythm-a-ning was in high gear from the moment Rich started his solo. His playing is reminiscent of Michael Brecker and Joe Henderson at times, but Rich has a take on the "modern thing" all his own. With John Bishop, Jeff Johnson, and Bill Anschell providing ample support, I had to stick around to hear them finish out the night.

Sadly, it would only be two more tunes! But don't let the tune quantity fool you -- these guys played long and strong, and really take the time to develop a solo, not just dropping their latest chop-heavy cliches and rambling along as lesser players might. The first tune was a new original by pianist Bill Anschell, Morning Fog. A beautiful straight-eighth tune featuring Rich on soprano, be sure to look for a recording on Bill's upcoming CD project. The quartet finished the set with a rousing rendition of Joe Henderson's Inner Urge, giving it a lazy reggae feel on the head, but jumping into high gear as soon as the solos started. Jeff Johnson's lyrical playing on this tune was a great contrast to the high-power solos of Rich and Bill, but the real energy came from John Bishop, who was playing about as aggressively as I've ever heard him. A great quartet, I'll certainly be looking for my copy of Rich's Origin Arts release, A Glance Back.