The Jazzcat

Austin Peralta at The Jazz Bakery

by on Feb.16, 2008, under News

Speak the word and the truth be known.  My, what wonderful and amazing things are

found in the smallest of packages!


It is Super Bowl Sunday and after spending time with friends

and a day dedicated to football, I, the lover of all things jazz, am quiet

frankly, not in the mood for music.  Only

the magic of the truth in sound can bring me to my normal state of being.  I know Austin personally and have seen his

performance on a number of occasions but not with his own band. In music there

is a place where you live when sound, life and all things beautiful are one. I

can truly say that this band and I must live on the same block.


I have not experienced such a powerhouse of dynamic sound

from a performance in quite some time. 

Miles, Monk, Mingus, Trane and Dolphy run through my veins, which makes

me a certain blood type.  If I ever find

myself low on blood, these cats can be my donors any day!  Where on earth did such youth get so much

soul, feeling, articulation and sensibilities from a time whose existence came

prior to theirs?  As it has been noted

before, “Jazz is a Spirit” with blessings that you have to be tapped into to



Well, the spirit of all things, organic and free are

certainly with us tonight and the energy of modality, past, present and future

is cyclically transcending, feeding off of the musical energy of a parallel



The beauty and facility of sound, phasing, colors and

textures beaming brightly from the stage tonight only suggests that these cats

are wise well beyond years.  The supreme

feeling from the music is of a love in they could not yet have physically

experience on this earth.  The long toned

love connects the younger generation to the information super highway of

spirited innovation, unlocking a personal portal where they can individually

and collectively beam up and have direct musical symbiosis with the creator.


Austin and Ronald Bruner are a marvel to experience while

Zane Musa and Kamasi Washington along with Carlos Del Puerto elevate the bar to

a level that many with more years of experience could not clear. Trane and Alice

were just two of the spirits breathing life in the music.


I kid you not; this was an all around amazing experience and

makes me rest assured that the future of the music is in good hands!

LeRoy Downs

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