Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Portland Jazz Festival: A Celebration of ECM

Jason Moran

Seattle’s annual Earshot Festival is known for its edgy, adventurous, spot-on programming. This year’s event contained stimulating choices like Billy Bang, the Kamikaze Ground Crew, Rashied Ali, the Odeon String Quartet with Bill Frisell, and a broad representation of the Pacific Northwest’s most interesting jazz artists. But pianists were the strength and depth of the 2006 festival. Andrew Hill, Matthew Shipp, Wayne Horvitz, Allen Toussaint, Cyrus Chestnut, Bill Anschell, Dawn Clement and Marc Seales will be unfairly ignored in this piece, in order to concentrate on those below:

Toshiko Akiyoshi gave a short but dynamic solo piano recital before a house full of worshipful fans at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. It was clear what Toshiko has been doing since disbanding her orchestra. She has stayed home and practiced piano. On pieces like “Tempus Fugit” and “Just One of Those Things,” she rattled and tumbled and spewed notes and criss-crossed angular block chords with multiple strands of decoration.

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.
Originally Published