It Was A Privilege To See The Spring Quartet

I made a somewhat last-minute to see The Spring Quartet at the Sanders Theatre last week.

Leo Genovese, Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano, Jack DeJohnette (l to r)

Leo Genovese, Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano, Jack DeJohnette (l to r)

I’d never seen Jack DeJohnette perform but have been extremely interested in doing so for many years.  I finally seized the opportunity.

This is a new collaboration among Jack DeJohnette (drums), Joe Lovano (saxophones), Esperanza Spalding (bass and vocals), and Leo Genovese (keyboards).  Their backgrounds are quite varied but they came together to deliver a fine jazz performance.

IMG_5823Note that photography is not allowed in the Sanders Theatre, so I took only a few shots of their curtain calls.

Because this is a new collaboration, I had no idea what to expect. The only member of the quartet who I had seen perform was Joe (I saw Esperanza on stage at the Prince show last December, but she was only dancing with the other people watching from the sides of the stage).

They performed numbers written by each member of the quartet and I liked them all equally. The style is a bit avant garde with some funk (courtesy of Leo, I believe) thrown in for good measure.

I loved watching Jack play – he made it seem effortless but I knew he was in complete control of his music.

Esperanza is terrific on both the bass and vocals; unfortunately she only ‘sang’ one number.

Joe is always wonderful to see perform. He played various saxophones, and his solos were some of the high spots of the concert.

The real surprise of the evening for me was Leo. I was sitting on the side of the stage where I could see his hands on the keys (he had three instruments – a grand piano and what appeared to be two synthesizer keyboards) which, as a pianist, I appreciate because I understand the difficulty in what the pianist is doing. He is now on my radar to see in either a solo show or with his band (presuming he has one).

There appeared to be very little ego on stage. They traded solos and were visibly appreciative of one another’s music.

As far as I know, this is an extremely limited tour so it may not be possible for you to see them. I would look out for each of them, individually or together, to perform in a city near you.

About suze72

I've loved the arts all my life... I go to a lot of concerts, take lots of photos and want to share them. Every once in a while I do something other than a concert, too. The Boston area is full of opportunities to indulge my passion - I'd like to help make it yours too!

Posted on March 10, 2014, in concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. needhamrailtrail

    Hi Suze – I also am a Boston music fan, I am including some shows I either am going to or was not able to fit into my schedule. Perhaps they will be of interest. Tom

    Lake Street Dive Sun, Apr 06 2014 7:30 PM Royale Boston – Boston, MA

    Rjd2 – Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA Sun, Apr 13, 2014 07:00 PM

    Mon, Apr 14, 2014 07:00 PM Nina Persson (Of The Cardigans) Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA Details: Nina Persson, DJ Carbo, White Prism

    Suzanne Vega The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA Wed, Apr 30, 2014 08:00 PM Details: Suzanne Vega, Ari Hest

    Morcheeba Royale Boston, Boston, MA Tue, May 20, 2014 07:00 PM

    EELS Thursday May 29, 2014 @ 8PM Berklee Performance Center

    Sheryl Crow with Rascal Flatts, Gloriana Xfinity Center SAT JUN 21, 2014 – 7:00 PM

    Tori Amos – Unrepentant Geraldines Tour Boston Opera House, Boston, MA Fri, Aug 15, 2014 07:30 PM

    Shelby Lynne The Bull Run Restaurant – Shirley, MA Thu, May 29, 2014

    Tues Feb 25 – Band of Horses – Somerville Theatre – sold out

    St. Vincent – Thursday Feb 27 – House of Blues Boston

    Mon March 10 – Throwing Muses – The Sinclair

    FRI MAR 28 – Steve Earle – Berklee Performance Center

    Thu May 8 – Wailin’ Jenny’s – Somerville Theatre

    Boz Scaggs – Friday May 09 – Citi Performing Arts Center Emerson Colonial Theatre

    Wye Oak – Friday May 9 – Paradise Rock Club

    Haim – Tue May 13 – House of Blues – Boston – Sold Out

    • Hi Tom – Thanks for your comment! There are a few on your list that I’d love to see but have conflicts or the show is sold out (Lake Street Dive in particular). Some I’ve seen in the past year or so and waiting to see again. It’s a great list though! S

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