A Great Jazz Recital by Akenda
Akenda is a progressive jazz band composed of students at Berklee College of Music; I first saw them perform six months ago and was quite impressed at that time. I am even more impressed now.
Formed by Bert Cheshire, Akenda has a new/old drummer and is even better than before.The band reminds me of a young Return to Forever, even though they incorporate elements of electronic music as well as classical music.
Bert on guitar and vocals, Lee Dockery on bass, Devon DiPaulo on keyboards, Kaj Sorensen on drums, and manager Evans Carter on some vocals comprise the band.
Yes, there are vocals but the real emphasis of Akenda is on instrumentality. There is also a lot of improvisation, which seems atypical of a band that is young. Their ages, however, belie their musical maturity.
They perform only original songs; the quality amazes me each time I hear them.
Anyone who appreciates not only good music but inventive music should enjoy Akenda. Follow them on Facebook to find their live performances. Theirs is music to be experienced.
Posted on September 6, 2014, in concert reviews, music and tagged Akenda, Berklee College of Music, Bert Cheshire, boston, concert review, Devon DiPaulo, Evans Carter, jazz, Kaj Sorensen, Lee Dockery, music. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.
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