New compositions from the Bob Stabach 4tet

GUILFORD — Wendy Redlinger's Jazz soiree presents the Bob Stabach 4tet on Sunday, at 3 p.m., at 2596 Tater Lane.

The 4tet will be performing original new compositions along with some American Songbook classics recast in the jazz style.

Most of the new compositions titled "Portrait" are penned by Bob Stabach, the saxophonist and leader of the group. Stabach started composing this piece three years ago then shelved it until, three months ago when he rewrote the bridge section to his satisfaction. It features a unique odd-metered chorus section.

"Brother James" is a get-down soulful gospel styled tune with a foot tappin' shuffle rhythm. Influenced by the ECM Record label's aesthetic of spaciousness and intro-spection, "Once Upon a Dream" evokes ethereal and mystic feelings.

"Uber Riding" is an open-ended Latin tune with few chords and a lot of room for improvisation. "Soul Body" is a swinging jazz waltz with a surprising 4/4 ending.

The pianist for the 4tet and artistic director of the Vermont Jazz Center, Eugene Uman contributed a saucy basso nova called "Snowy Day Basso" which was written in January during a snow storm.

The 4tet is joined by George Kaye, bassist and 20-year veteran of the New York City jazz scene, and the dynamic first call Pioneer Valley drummer, Jon Fisher.

Suggested donation is $15. For more information and directions, call 802-254-6189.


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