JAZZ FEST INDEX - 2009 Rochester INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Paula Gardner Trio w/ Huw Warren - Rochester International Jazz Festival 2009

This gig was billed as Paula Gardner Trio w/ Huw Warren. We sat next to some people who were raving about Huw Warren's performance here the night before. The band played as a trio for most of an hour before Huw took the stage. Their songs are sparse and gentle. The natural reverb in this church setting complimented their performance which came off like one of those pristine ECM records from the early seventies. There was a folky side to all this too. The band is from Wales and Paula has spent some time exploring that country's Celtic roots. The drummer, Mark O'Connor's playing was crisp and right on. He was one of my favorite drummers of this festival. - photo by P Doddy - click photo to advance > next