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LA Beat: Lorca Hart Quartet With Kenny Washington at Crowne Plaza LAX Print E-mail
Written by Glenn A. Mitchell, LA Jazz Scene   
Tuesday, 31 January 2012

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Lorca Hart Quartet with Kenny Washington©Dailey Pike
 

One of the best nights, of many, at Crowne Plaza LAX took place Thursday January 19th.   On hand was one of the best young drummers on the jazz scene today, Lorca Hart.  Hart brought his trio, pianist Josh Nelson and bassist Ed Livingston, plus one, making a quartet with special guest vocalist, Kenny Washington.   

 

After Merle Kreibich introduced the musicians, they took over and played a tune entitled “Nai, Nai.”  I hadn’t heard this number before, but it played well.  I noticed Nelson’s chordings and shadings right away, which are commensurate with generally great style for jazz.  Livingston gave a fine bass solo.  Hart’s drumming is fantastic!  His four and eight-bar breaks are completely original.  He has one cymbal (of several) that is like a special, lighter-sounding gong, which really adds some zestful accents to any number.  A nice original waltz was next, titled “For My Friends,” which played well as a smooth ballad. 

Merle Krebich introduced the guest vocalist for this great gig, Kenny Washington, who is originally from New Orleans but has now made his home in San Francisco, where his career is taking off quite well.  He began with a nice mover, “I Could Write a Book.”  The trio set this into some really swinging motion.  Washington’s voice is very understandable and he captures the mood of each song as well as getting the audience’s attention.     Everything Washington sang was perfect for him and also for the group to perform, such as, “Do Nothing ‘Til You Hear From Me,” “My Romance,” a very up-tempo version of “Just in Time,” and a definite stand out, Stanley Turrentine’s “Sugar.”  Nelson seemed to play the piano in a “stride” style during this number, adding all the right embellishments along the way.

 

During the break, Kreibich announced several luminaries in the packed audience, such as vocalists Stephanie Haynes, Florence LaRue, and Janis Mann, and jazz photographer Bob Barry.

 

The second set gave us a Hart original, “Recollections,” title track from his newest CD.  Washington continued to put the audience in heaven with “What a Difference a Day Makes,” “Moonlight in Vermont,” and another tremendous classic, Miles Davis’ “All Blues.”  Washington brought the house down with his unbelievable scatting!  Livingston performed an exceptional bowing solo on his bass.  These musicians backed Washington very well and the show was one of the best ever at Crowne Plaza LAX!   See Lorca Hart’s website: www.lorcahart.com.

 

Reprinted with permission from L.A. Jazz Scene, February, 2012.



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