The Jazzcat

Mulgrew Miller and his Trio at the Jazz Bakery

by on Mar.25, 2007, under News


Slide Show

Second set at the Bakery and it is filled with youth. One of

the missing ingredients and just what this music needs; a huge dose of future

listeners!  Grammy award winner Billy

Childs and Los Angeles Times jazz journalist Don Heckman are here with the rest

of us tonight to experience the steaming sounds of the one and only Mr. Mulgrew



Mulgrew was just in New York

at the International Association of Jazz Educators conference and played some

great sets there and at Smalls in the Village. The cat is literally burnin’

from the East to the West! “If I Should Lose You” swings open the first set and

sets the head shaking, foot tapping tempo for the remainder of the gig. If Red

Bull gives you wings, then there must be half a case missing in the dressing



Mulgrew has been at this for decades and is recognized on

the scene as being one of the most important melodic cats around. Some of the

best music in Jazz is where experience meets young energetic talent.  Both Ivan Tavloy and Rodney Green have

something to learn and both have something to give to the situation which makes

for intriguing possibilities in the music.


Mulgrew plays so open that Ivan and Rodney have room to

express ideas and showcase their talents. 

Mulgrew is so bright tonight and the color of the music is just rolling

off of the ivory like red satin wrapped around coke bottle curves. “Day to Day”

is the tune; an original from Mulgrew.  Miller

acknowledges Billy’s brilliance and is pleased that an old friend is

present.  Mulgrew is sounding so fabulous

with complimented faint dissonance lacquered with the rich classic signature

that speaks his name; romantic tango which bounces his ballads in an energetic,

sexy sound preciously waltzing on molecules; “Body and Soul”.  I must admit that in the past, I have not

been a great fan of slide piano but, Mulgrew makes it so delightful.  If I had experienced this dynamic sound

first, I would have been a lover since day one. 






Click Albums and enjoy!

Mulgrew is part of the piano series at the wonderful MaxJazz

label and his latest recordings include two albums recorded Live at Yoshi’s and

one recorded Live at the Kennedy

Center! I would imagine

that the exchange rate between passionate melodic beauty and a little legal

tender is a perfect match!


LeRoy Downs

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