As a great admirer of Jaki Byard (I first heard him at Michael's in 1977, leading the Apollo Stompers and a retinue of singers and tap dancers!), I thought Jason Moran and the new incarnation of the Stompers channeled his spirit with great empathy and harmony. All that was missing was Jaki's irreverent greeting, "Welcome to Sturbridge!" Thanks to NEC for the memories, twice!
Posted on 4 Mar 2017, 4:49 AM