Freddie Bryant once again filled the winery with complex wondrous passages on his guitar, fingers flying and melodies taking you on flights, this time to Brazil. With him was pandeiro master Sergio Krakowski. It was hard to believe that something so simple could be a dynamic solo instrument. Of course Sergio's hands had a lot to do with it. If you weren't there in the audience you would have thought that a large part of the percussion section of a full orchestra was present and playing. Sergio made it very clear that the pandeiro was not a tambourine, altho he never told us what was the difference. Everyone left the concert curious. Here's the distinction.
Chanteusse of the evening, Vanessa Falabella was just as lovely as her name. Because she sang in Portuguese, most knew not if she were scatting or singing lyrics, but it didn't matter. During her second appearance on stage she captivated the audience, led it in song, and had people dancing at the back of the room.
It was an exuberant night, and we look forward to the start of the next season of Jazz in GTown concerts. In the interim, if you can get to the city on November 28, to to Dizzy's for the release party for Freddie Bryant's new album Monk Restrung.
This event was made possible (in part) with public funds provided by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered through the Community Arts Grants Program at Greene County Council on the Arts.