Oscar Feldman Quartet
Helio Alves on piano
Howard Britz on bass
Vince Cherico on drums
Frederick P. Rose Hall
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
After Hours Set
Broadway at 60th Street
(Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website)
Todd Barkan, Artistic Administrator
Scott Thompson, Press
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
July 13, 2005
Oscar Feldman, an emerging and very hot saxophonist from Argentina, now in mainstream NY jazz, opened his after-hours set at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola with abstract, fused, and moody music, as bass and drums created a Latin clavé beat. Feldman’s driven sax vibrates and wails with slow, meandering tremolos against fast, Latin percussion. Feldman closes his eyes and fills the Club with exotic sound, as Alves, on piano, takes a contrasting and complex theme, racing with the band to a crashing crescendo, just as a wandering, echoing sax stops the song.
The second piece in the After-Hours set had a decided clavé rhythm, perhaps a mambo, with Britz’ long bass riff, contemporary and consistent. Feldman’s sax was wild, cutting through Cherico’s steady percussion and Britz’ bass, as an interesting piano passage poignantly blended to finish the piece. Whisper, a Cuban-inspired work, found Feldman switching saxophones and walking on and off stage to reach his audience, as this piece was ever so quiet. A new Latin-Jazz work introduced an exotic saxophone passage with fluid sound against driven piano, bass, and drums.
With a suddenly subdued band, Feldman again switched saxophones and presented a rhumba rhapsody, melodic and melancholy. The last piece, a swing ballad turned Latin, first led by swinging bass and later by mambo piano, found Cherico using the steel part of his drums for that magical mood. Cherico finally took center focus with a very long riff, effusive and energetic. The Oscar Feldman Quartet is a group to watch. For updated listings of Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, check out Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website.
Todd Barkan and Oscar Feldman Quartet
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower