Greg Garrison's "Improvised Roots" No. 4 3.15.13
Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge
Words By J-man
Photos By Carly Marthis & J-man
What better way to wrap up a long week than with an evening of music at Denver's premier jazz club, Dazzle? The intimate room was buzzing with energy as Greg Garrison (Bass), Darol Anger (Fiddle), Joel Harrison (Guitar), Art Lande (Piano) and Jim White (Drums) took the stage to begin their exploration. Each member of the assembled group began layering the music as it built, offering bits and pieces of musical influence to the mix. The result was a masterful set that included traditional compositions dating back to the Civil War and beyond. Greg nodded, signaling for solos around as each musician reflected an elevated level of skill, intuition, and direction. Darol's sliding/screaming notes rung out with with a fantastic crispness, as Joel's precise guitar work reflected extreme tonal control and accuracy. Art crept in ticking the keys and adding an old time jazz feel that became more progressive as the songs unfolded. The rhythm section was tight with Greg and Jim laying down the framework for extensive melody and lead work from the others.
At one point in the set Joel asked, "Do we have any Deadheads in the house?" to which he got a surprising large response, considering we were in a jazz club. Someone in the crowd yelled "it's Phil Lesh's Birthday!" to which Joel responded, "wow... Take care of that liver," before the group went into "Attics of My Life." I believe that was the first time that I have heard Dead music at Dazzle. It was an interesting moment and was well executed. The set wound down and with each passing arrangement the near sold out Denver crowd showed their massive appreciation! If you missed the show, you're in luck! Greg Garrison's "Improvised Roots" No. 4 will be playing two shows tonight at Dazzle! Get your tickets now before they sell out!
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