The Jazzcat

The Alan BroadbentTrio at LACMA

by on Aug.08, 2004, under News


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afternoon started off with a quiet and lovely version of Benny Golson’s

composition “Whisper Not” However, whisper is just what Alan did when

he spoke. Before the set started, Alan said a few words for Dorrance,

who is the Master of Ceremonies and also books all of the performances

at LACMA. He apparently is ill and we all wish him a swift recovery. 

I have seen Alan perform a few times before

but, I usually do a lot of meeting, greeting and networking at jazz

venues so it was not until this performance that I really got to hear,

listen and enjoy every wonderful note. Alan employs some of the best.

Putter Smith on Bass and Kendall Kay on Drums. Putter emotions are

expressed in the way he plays his notes. He makes you go to that

cerebral place and feel the music. At one point in the concert, the

transition from the intro to the A section was so sweet I just had to

freeze and give thanks I listen to can appreciate great jazz music. Kendall brushed his way through the set with light, lovely, rhythmic strokes.


in Wonderland is what came to mind as I experienced this set. All of

these great tunes from composers like Benny Golson, and Bird to pieces

written by Harold Arlen were played and arranged so beautifully. This

was the most romantic set of music that I think I have experienced. 


crowd was quiet, respectful, listening and enjoying the music. I got

there at the beginning of the set and just about every seat was taken.

At times during the performance I saw couples holding hands, drinking

wine and gazing at each other with unspoken look of love. 

Smooth roads and clear days is the “Detour” that Alan guides us through

as his wonderfully light touch graces the ivorys. Standards and

classics never sounded so lovely. It is like watching a movie with a

soundtrack that brings joyful tears to you eyes. Very emotional but,

there are no tears today. Only joy and a love for great jazz music

performed by musicians who are into the music. For a wonderful jazz

experience, next time, don’t miss the Alan Broadbent Trio!

LeRoy Downs



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