Berks Jazz Fest 2018: Rayford Griffin's Reflections Of Brownie

In recent years, I increasingly started to check out the smaller shows with music off the beaten path, since I have heard the established artists so many times. This time, I chose Rayford Griffin's Reflections Of Brownie: A Tribute To Clifford Brown. With Clifford Brown being his uncle, Rayford Griffin has a special relationship to his music, so I was looking forward to hear the spin he would give his music.

The stellar band consisted of Randy Brecker on trumpet, Brian Bromberg on bass, Hans Zermuehlen on keys and Andy Snitzer on sax. The band was tight, the horns were propelled by the powerful and precise playing by the leader, they went trough the challenging charts with ease. Among the songs played were "Jordu", "Joy Spring", a deliberately slowed down version of "Cherokee", "Sandu" and "Daahoud", the renditions were mostly funky and groovy yet still very jazzy. After a short intermission the show continued, allowing the band to play some tracks from Rayford Griffin's debut album Rebirth Of the Cool, with the title track allowing the drummer to showcase his vocal skills.

This was a cool show by a consummate band, each player contributed significantly to the music with his solos and tight playing. Top-notch music from beginning to end.