is Jazz Code?
--By Patrick Byrne Translated by Michael
I wanted to find out the answer to that
question, so I went to check them out at their weekly
Thursday night gig at Taichung's Oldies. There was no
code to be deciphered, no mystery to be unraveled-just
straight-ahead jazz music being played with enthusiasm
by a group of young musicians born and bred right here
in Taiwan. This regular Thursday-night gig often includes
various other musicians sitting in to jam with the band
and you will often see three or four extra horn players
crammed up on stage waiting for their chance to play
a head or blow a solo with the band.
I caught Jazz Code again at Grooveyard,
appearing without any jam players. It was nice to see
the band pared down to their regular four members and
to have an opportunity to hear them perform what they
practice as a tight unit. I was not disappointed!
What was really impressive was what
they were doing with their arrangements of old jazz
standards that are often overplayed, like Autumn Leaves,
Satin Doll and Blue Bossa. These guys added some funk,
fusion and some syncopation to the old charts, which
made them exciting to listen to again.
Jazz Code is: Curly on drums, Eric on
trumpet, Uno on keyboard and James on bass. They are
a very decent jazz combo with some very talented young
players, and are well worth checking out if you are
into a really enjoyable evening of live jazz.