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Overdue Ovation for Billy Mintz

The plan is...there is no plan

Billy Mintz

A Billy Mintz rehearsal doesn’t entail much instruction. Gathered for an informal session with bassist Mark Wade and pianist Roberta Piket in the Teaneck, N.J., house he shares with Piket, his wife of four years, Mintz hands out sheet music for a yet-to-be-titled new composition. Waving his hand vaguely at a section of the page, he says, “Do whatever.” Otherwise, as he switches between congas and drum kit in the cramped music room between the couple’s living room and kitchen, he repeatedly tosses out the word “vibe.”

“For me, it’s more about vibe than anything else,” Mintz shrugs a little later, snacking on bagels and nachos on their back porch. “The whole general feeling of it.”

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