Sunday, June 7, 2009
Logan Richardson At Jardine's
Many jazz instrumentalists play notes simply because it's in their job description.
It's all-to-easy to get away with being utterly uninspired. I often witness polite applause for guys who are settling for playing pretty or are lazily repeating stagnant formulas.
Not Logan Richardson.
A highly-charged May 27 set at Jardine's was loaded with urgent playing. Richardson's insistent solos on soprano and alto saxophones were brimming with intriguing ideas and original concepts.
The audience numbered exactly twenty. A table of four musicians appreciated Richardson, but some in the room seemed put off by the frenetic attack.
His confident work contained echoes of Sonny Rollins, Oliver Lake and John Coltrane. Not to take anything away from Jake Blanton, the night's fine guitarist, but I would have preferred to hear Richardson work with only the support of a rhythm section.
One got the sense that Richardson's musical searches never quite found their destinations. Even so, hearing an artist explore unsuccessfully can be far more compelling than settling for someone who's just going through the motions.
(Original image by Plastic Sax.