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The Joe Baione Sextet at "Upstarts!", Dizzy's Club "Coca-Cola"

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Joe Baione Sextet
(Joe Baione Web Page)
Joe Baione on Vibes
Andrae Murchison on Trombone
Toru Dodo on Piano
Corcoran Holt on Bass
Jerome Jennings on Drums
Jorge Castro on Saxophone

At
Frederick P. Rose Hall
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway at 60th Street
NY, NY
212.258.9595
(Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website)
Todd Barkan, Programming Director 
Scott Thompson, Press


Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
August 4, 2008


(See Joe Baione’s CD Review)

Joe Baione brought his vibes to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola for the Monday night “Upstarts!” set. A full Sextet appeared, and this music was lively, vibrant, and imaginative. The fusion of vibes, bass, piano, trombone, sax, and drums was an exciting sound to experience. Toru Dodo went wild, early on, with his sensational keyboard rhythms, just after Jorge Castro, on sax, and Andrae Murchison, on trombone, generated brass bravura. Jerome Jennings, on drums, finished this piece, “Superhero”, with a percussive flourish.

“Coconut Island”, with its tropical breezes, was my favorite piece, and Baione’s vibes ran through the lyrical theme. Baione created chords and danced along with the music, to emphasize the rhythms. Soon Murchison took the same theme on his trombone, making it jazzier and more fluid. Corcoran Holt has the skill to seize the theme on solo bass, using his fingers for an intricate string melody. This summer sound merged into a piano-cymbal duo, quickly enhanced by drums. The subsequent solo drums infused a reggae finale. The next piece, “Bag’s Groove”, by Milt Jackson, had Baione in bluesy tones, with piano, bass, and drums. This sound slowed to a fadeout, with melancholy meandering, before the piano took another mellow solo. Piano and bass added soulful, rhythmic improvisation, followed by Holt, again, in a sensational solo. When Baione re-appeared on vivacious vibes, continual, rambling echoes enchanted the Club.

“The Stranger” was presented with the full Sextet, and the drums opened up, for a train-caravan motif. The exotic musicality built in vibrancy and style, and it was time for Jorge Castro to go full out on his saxophone, as the drums, piano, and bass rolled along. Dodo took another solo showcase, with rapid treble mystery and a long, winding theme. Each instrument took a surprise solo at varying moments, fading into sultry, surreal segments. Murchison had his solo, too, and his smooth passages added more midnight moodiness. The finale was “Oh Yeah!”, the title song of Baione’s new CD. This is swinging, jumping, straight jazz, and Baione has made his mark as vibraphonist and composer with this level of charismatic sound. Dodo enhanced the moment with rousing swing, and Baione kept dancing along with his vibraphone’s verve. Check the Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website for future dates and artists.




Jerome Jennings on Drums
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Corcoran Holt on Bass
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Jerome Jennings on Drums
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Joe Baione on Vibes and
Corcoran Holt on Bass
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Joe Baione on Vibes and
Corcoran Holt on Bass
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Jerome Jennings on Drums
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Corcoran Holt on Bass
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Corcoran Holt on Bass
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Jorge Castro on Sax
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Jorge Castro on Sax
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Andrae Murchison on Trombone
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Andrae Murchison on Trombone
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower





Jorge Castro, Joe Baione, Corcoran Holt
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Jorge Castro, Joe Baione, Corcoran Holt
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Jerome Jennings on Drums
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Jorge Castro and Andrae Murchison
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower




Toru Dodo on Piano
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower






For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net