Fred Farell’s deeply soulful, spiritually uplifting and simply but magnificently produced new album Distant Song celebrates the veteran jazz vocalist and lyricist’s return to the jazz world after 40 years in a unique wilderness of his own choosing.
Reconnecting like no time had passed with old friends and collaborators, jazz greats Dave Liebman (soprano and tenor sax) and Richie Beirach (piano), Farell finds fresh poignancy and purpose in emotionally compelling songs the trio penned decades ago. Thrilled to be back in their company, Farell allows his colleagues ample solo time and several lush and expansive tandem instrumentals.
Here’s hoping this trio won’t keep their distance any longer!
Abate and Cole at The Harwood
First up is The Greg Abate Quartet with special guest Richie Cole June 22 at the Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux Street. “This is a return engagement for two of today’s greatest alto sax players: Greg Abate and Richie Cole,” a press release states. “Last year they dazzled the sold-out Harwood crowd with a lively tribute to the late alto sax master, Phil Woods. This year they will perform original compositions as well as classical jazz tunes. Abate, a superior bop player, considers Charlie Parker, Paul Desmond and Phil Woods to be among his most important influences. Richie Cole has proven time and again that bebop can be quite fun. His ‘Alto Madness’ was essentially the idea that any tune, no matter how unlikely its source, could be turned into exuberant bop.”
New Mexico Jazz Festival
In 2016-2017, Taos Jazz Bebop Society presented shows that were affiliated with the New Mexico Jazz Festival. In 2018, the Society became an official presenter in the festival. The New Mexico Jazz Festival will run from July 14-29, with shows in Albuquerque, Santa Fe — and now Taos.