Rich Cole Quartet at the Musiquarium
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.