Saxophonist Albert Rivera was accompanied by bassist Zwelakhe-Duma Bell le Pere, pianist Damian Curtis, and drummer Ian Carroll. The set was chock full of great music, and the playing was tight. Each player had stand-out moments with excellent solos. The concert included “The Chicken” and Albert’s lively, high-energy composition, “Me, Myself, and I” that really had toes tapping. Then, they performed a sublime, heart-melting rendition of “The Nearness of You.” Mediterraneo White Plains is a charming restaurant with delicious food and excellent service. Between the delectable cuisine and the outstanding music, this first stop on the Jazz Stroll could have gone on twice as long as it did. Actually, the set did last longer than the hour officially allotted. Although some people left for the next stop on the Stroll, there was still a full house as their set continued, because Albert, Zwelakhe-Duma, Damian, and Ian were just killing it! They played a festive, Latin-infused rendition of “Green Dolphin Street,” that was an utter delight. They finished their show with a lush romantic version of “I’ll Be Seeing You.” This was a stellar start to the Jazz Stroll!
Article as it appeared December 11th, 2019 on http://jazzpolice.com/archives/9768