Friday, April 20, 2018

Recording: The Ryan Driver Quintet

Artist: The Ryan Driver Quintet

Songs: The Seasons The Months and The Days + I Don't Want to Cry Any More [composer: Victor Schertzinger]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Southern Cross Lounge (Somewhere There Creative Music Festival – Show 1 late-night afterparty), February 23, 2018.

The Ryan Driver Quintet - The Seasons The Months and The Days

The Ryan Driver Quintet - I Don't Want to Cry Any More

Ryan Driver's sextet was playing without guitarist Martin Arnold on this night, and though it's not unusual for the numbers on stage to fluctuate from show to show, it was interesting to see how the members used that bit of additional space in the songs. This time out, it was vibraphonist Michael Davidson going on a bit of an adventure, getting unexpectedly noisy as he rattled and dropped a bow across his keys. Another surprise came in the form of a mini-set of songs from Driver's excellent recent Careless Thoughts album, as this project works almost-exclusively in the realm of covers. Driver himself would probably be too modest to say so, but it has to be pointed out that his own songs absolutely deserve to be in the company of the standards the group usually essays.

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