LIVE: Don Byron Quartet @ the Falcon Marlboro, NY 2/23/2020


Sunday night at the Falcon is reserved for jazz. This past Sunday night was no exception. Clarinetist/saxophonist/composer Don Byron led his quartet through a wild excursion of improvisational music and they guided us through the journey.

Veteran guitarist David Gilmore (Not Pink Floyd’s guitarist) and Don Byron were frequently involved in a musical dialogue, while the rhythm section of Pheeroan Aklaff and Brad Jones swung with great passion.

One of the highlights of the performance was a musical journey through the jazz standard “All the Things You Are”. Starting with the band stating the melody, followed by Don and David furiously exchanging notes and octaves with the band finally exploding into waves of sound.

Don interjected his some observations on life between various numbers such as how hard it is to travel from the five boroughs to upstate (something I can relate to when I am working in the boroughs trying to get home), the quirks of writing for the film industry (they generally choose the better compositions),  to an educational lecture on the late African American Nascar driver Wendell Scott performing and singing (even yodeling) a country-western song and dedicating a country-western song to him. Club owner Tony Falco even participated in the festivities, projecting an old BrylCream commercial on the rear screen setting Don into fits of laughter.

It was an evening of virtuosity and of laughter and fun. I don’t think anybody left without a smile on his or her face including the band.

Next Sunday’s performance will be the monthly residency of Avante Garde spiritual jazz guitarist Tisiji Munoz. He will be joined by keyboard player extraordinaire John Medeski.

Photo Gallery by Rudy Lu

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