SFJAZZ Collective / Live 2009: Sixth Annual Concert Tour
Album:Live 2009: Sixth Annual Concert Tour Collection:Jazz
Artist:SFJAZZ Collective Added:Oct 2009

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Add Date:2009-11-22 Pull Date:2010-01-24 Charts:Jazz
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Yes We Can - Victory Dance
4.Feb 06, 2015:Rebop
Fly With The Wind
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Fly With The Wind
5.Oct 17, 2014:Rebop
Four By Five
3.Feb 20, 2015:Rebop
Fly With The Wind
6.May 28, 2010:No Cover, No Minimum
Four By Five

Album Review
Reviewed 2009-11-22 
SFJAZZ COLLECTIVE: Live 2009: 6th Annual Concert Tour SFJAZZ, 2009

MODERN JAZZ – This all-star septet, sponsored by SFJAZZ (the people who run the San Francisco Jazz Festival), meets every spring to premiere new compositions and celebrate the legacy of a major jazz composer – this year, it was McCoy Tyner. The band tours, conducts educational workshops, and generally blows every other band out of the water for a month or two, then everybody goes back to doing their regular thing.

If you’ve heard any of the previous years’ output, you know what to expect here: brainy arrangements and dynamic post-bop playing in a “little big band” mode, recorded live. The only major change this year is that there’s no vibraphone, making the group a bit smaller and the sound a little more streamlined. Outstanding work as always.

Joe Lovano - tenor sax
Miguel Zenón - alto sax
Dave Douglas - trumpet
Robin Eubanks - trombone
Renee Rosnes - piano
Matt Penman - bass
Eric Harland - drums

* * * * * | All great; take your pick. (some shorter tracks on Disc 2)


1. 10:49 – moody, abstract intro; propulsive Brazilian theme soars with high drama… authoritative piano and high-speed sax work
2. 06:26 – odd, percolating tune in 6/4 time: solos alternate w/ ensemble play
3. 14:44 – celebratory in odd meters: cool horn groupings over strong rhythms; trombone solo really digs in; turns relaxed & soulful in second half
4. 12:41 – serious, flowing work: excellently layered horns over ticking-clock rhythm; brooding and melancholy; sweet bass and sax solos
5. 15:38 – free-flowing improv within a thickly layered Ornette Coleman-style structure; drifts somewhere between free jazz and modern bop
6. 12:19 – fast bounce: catchy theme gets busy; strong trombone & sax solos


1. 11:39 – striding postbop anthem with bright lyrical accents, great trumpet
2. 06:42 – hi-octane modern-bop romp with twisty sax & piano solos. Yow!
3. 06:43 – midtempo ballad: interesting mix of old-school and modern sounds
4. 06:56 – long, billowing intro; bright optimism: full, rich sound & fine trumpet
5. 11:08 – serious, complex rhythms: spinning sax & trombone, hard drums
6. 10:22 – vocal percussion, then heavy rhythmic sound with popping horns
7. 10:18 – rich, gliding: elegant piano & soaring trumpet, mellows out later
8. 07:19 – upbeat, speedy: horn solos burn wth bop energy

[ Fo ] 11/22/09

Track Listing
1.Fly With The Wind 8.Four By Five
2.Three Flowers 9.Aisha
3.Yes We Can - Victory Dance 10.Consensus
4.Sycamore 11.Indo-Serenade/Parody
5.Jazz Free 12.E-Collective
6.No Filter 13.Migrations
7.Peresina 14.Yup, We Did