George Brooks Summit at Yoshis

I hang out at Yoshis a lot -- what a great jazz club! (Easy parking, great Japanese food, and an intimate, clean sounding room with no bad seats.) I almost (but not always) go to see guitarists, and last Saturday night (October 8) was no exception.

Fareed Haque first came to my attention on one of my favorite Latin jazz recordings of all time, Paquito D'Rivera's Reunion. The second cut, Reunion, is simply brilliant -- incredible solos by Paquito, Arturo Sandoval, and Fareed. If you like that kind of music, get that CD by all means -- you won't be sorry! In reading through Yoshi's calendar, I saw that Fareed was playing with the George Brooks Summit, so I went. Frankly, I wasn't at all familiar with George Brooks. I looked at his site and was a little leery when I read about the heavy Indian influence. I like Indian music on its own but generally prefer my jazz straight ahead. But it's good to try new things, and I am so glad I went.

Brooks is an excellent composer and the tunes were pretty magical, jazz with a heavy (but not overwhelming) Indian influence. The mix really worked, and the band was exceptionally tight, whether playing 4/4 or more challenging 15/8 rhythms. The rhythm section (Kai Eckhardt on bass and Steve Smith on drums) were solid and blended brilliantly with the amazing playing of tabla master Zakir Hussain.

Fareed did not disappoint. He has incredible technical skills on both the electric and amplified acoustic guitar. (He's supposed to be a heck of a classical guitarist as well.)  He drifted between blazing jazz riffs and burning Indian scales and tonalities, combining for a unique sound. You could say that about the whole band -- a really unique sound propelled at the audience by a super tight band of exceptional musicians. Makes for a great night of entertainment!

Comments:

I just came across the above blog about George Brooks so I thought you might be interested in the following concert with George Brooks and Kai Eckhardt. They will both be playing at the 10pm show.
Carol Alban
Concert Organizer

Christopher Rodriguez is a 10 year old boy who got shot last month at his piano lesson at the Harmony Road Music School in Oakland and was left paralyzed from the waist down.

East Bay flutist Carol Alban has organized a star-studded benefit concert for Christopher Rodriguez at Yoshi’s at Jack London Square in Oakland on Monday, March 24th. Tickets are on sale now!
Call (510) 238-9200 or visit www.yoshis.com
Shows at 8pm/$25 and 10pm/$18

The 8pm show will include performances by Roger Glenn, John Santos, Narada Michael Walden, Kai Eckhardt, Zoe Ellis, Keith Terry, Tina Glenn, Alvenson Moore, Rafael Manriquez, Ingrid Rubis, Matt Herskowitz, the Oakland Jazz Choir, Fluteville and Carol Alban with other members of the Bay Area Chamber Symphony. Odile Lavault's Baguette Quartette will give a pre-concert performance at 7:45pm so come early!

The 10pm show will include performances by George Brooks, Kai Eckhardt, Narada Michael Walden, John Santos, Roger Glenn,Frank Martin, Jose Neto, Anton Schwartz, Dan Feiszli, Carol Alban, Matt Herskowitz, Suellen Primost, Tina Glenn and Alvenson Moore.

Please visit event website for more info! http://www.myspace.com/benefitconcertinfo

Also, a blog has been created with updates on Christopher's condition as well as a link if you'd like to make a donation. www.christopherrodriguez.org

Posted by Carol Alban on March 03, 2008 at 03:16 PM PST #

Hi Carol,
This sounds like a great show and a very worthy cause. Thanks for posting the info!

Posted by Gary Zellerbach on March 04, 2008 at 12:10 AM PST #

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