Author, musician, friend and neighbor Todd Walton attended the opus concert on Sunday. Here’s what he said about it:
John Gilmore and his friends Paul McCandless, Greg D’Augelli, Bryan Bowman, John’s wife Nina Mera-Gilmore and their son Loren Gilmore gave an afternoon jazz concert in Preston Hall of original tunes by Gilmore, McCandless, D’Augelli and Bowman mixed with a few great jazz standards, and the audience was well-pleased.
To have not one but three excellent saxophone players in an ensemble of this size was a real treat. Playing together, McCandless, D’Augelli, and Loren Gilmore made a great sax section and also proved to be unique and thoughtful soloists. Bowman was a solid and wonderfully melodic drummer throughout, and Nina Mera-Gilmore was solid as a rock on bass. Gilmore’s chord choices were reminiscent of Bill Evans, which is never a bad thing.
The high points for this listener were the bass clarinet duet version of a Thelonious Monk tune, McCandless and D’Augelli dialoguing and blending beautifully with their two deep-throated clarinets, and a powerful rendition of “I Remember Clifford” featuring Loren Gilmore on tenor sax sounding strong and tender all at once.
Classical jazz, it was, on a beautiful fall day. What could be better than that?