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John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet at the Earshot Jazz Festival

Lenny White

I had “Great Expectations” for this gig. How could any lifelong fusion fan not? Just dig the dream lineup: On drums you had Mike Clark (of Herbie Hancock Headhunters fame) and Lenny White (Return to Forever), on basses it was Victor Bailey (Weather Report) and Stanley Clarke (Return to Forever). The starpower of that dynamic double-rhythm tandem alone was enough to draw a packed house at B.B. King’s Blues Club in the heart of Times Square. Add in guitar hero Robben Ford (Yellowjackets, Miles Davis), trumpeter Eddie Henderson (Herbie’s Mwandishi sextet), alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett (Miles Davis), keyboardist George Colligan and turntablist DJ Logic and you had the makings of what promised to be the concert of the year.

It wasn’t.

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