John Beasley Quintet Positootly! Jazz Circle
Jul 27, 2011 07:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2 sets: 7:30pm and 9:30pm
116 East 27th street
New York, NY
Featuring music from Grammy-nominated Positootly! album recorded with Jeff “Tain” Watts, James Genus, Bennie Maupin, Brian Lynch, Munyungo Jackson, which showcases Beasley's original, propulsive, multi-layered compositions from funk and soul to bop, bossa nova, and nuevo tango along with three choice covers.
John is truly an amazing pianist, imaginative composer, creative improviser and arranger. And with Positootly he created an album that people will look back as one of the first Jazz classic albums of the 21th century.
All Music - 4 ½ stars "This recording is his finest effort, and stands proudly alongside his previous recording, a fine tribute to Herbie Hancock.”
Lajazz.com – “is pure art…fasten your seatbelts…Beasley is masterful on keys”
Positootly! - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1h8LWQReiE
Bedtime Voyage - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCEw_04Ikuc
Los Angeles Times jazz critic best encapsulated John Beasley’s playing in this concert review: “the one-time keyboardist for Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis, reflects a variety of generational influences, incorporating the emphatic chordal clusters of Herbie Hancock, the rhythmic quirkiness of Monk and the lush intelligence of Art Tatum into a highly refined personal voice.” Recognizing Beasley’s signature sound, Steely Dan, Sergio Mendes, Christian McBride, Chaka Khan, Kenny Garrett, Dianne Reeves, John Patittuci, Queen Latifah have invited Beasley to perform, record or be the tour’s musical director. As bandleader, Beasley wrote original compositions and clever arrangements for his ninth album, Positootly! which earned a 2010 Grammy-nomination.
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