If the musicians in attendance at Take Five Coffee + Bar on Sunday felt the same way I did, the Kansas City jazz scene may never be the same.
Kansas City’s elite masters of improvised music represented about a third of the audience of about 50 that witnessed an ingenious performance by Trio M. The efforts of bassist Mark Dresser, pianist Myra Melford and drummer Matt Wilson might inspire them to create even more expansive sounds.
Trio M demonstrated that experimental jazz can be every bit as fun as mainstream swing. Dresser windmilled. Medford came down with a case of crazy feet. Wilson seemed to use everything but the ceiling to create percussive effects.
By ignoring conventional boundaries, Trio M reframed the case for acoustic jazz in 2015. I look forward to the ripple effect.
(Original image by Plastic Sax.)