Artist: Josh Cole Quartet
Songs: [two excerpts]
Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), March 16, 2016.
How lucky we are to have Dan Pencer in town right now, illuminating a whole series of gigs. This night found him sitting in with the Josh Cole Quartet, filling the sax chair normally occupied by Karen Ng. Playing another gig, she'd make it to The Tranzac in time to act as the closer, energizing the closing part of the group's second set. But it was Pencer who really shined, his tone ranging from warmly lyrical to questingly experimental — at one point near the end he leaned over to use a snare drum as a mute, rattling the wires on the bottom as he played through it.