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WBGO hosts Blue Note Records’ 75th Anniversary at Le Poisson Rouge, NYC

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Just when I though the year in music could not get better comes Our Point of View. The ensemble performed at Le Poisson Rouge on the evening of December 14, 2014 as part of Blue Note Records 75th Anniversary, hosted by WBGO (88.3 FM).

Our Point of View features leading young lion’s from Blue Note’s roster, including keyboardist Robert Glasper, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, guitarist Lionel Loueke, tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland and drummer Kendrick Scott. All of them represent the long line of young, creative voices that have been the lifeblood of Blue Note since its inception in 1939.

The repertoire was a mixed bag: new, original compositions and Blue Note classics with a contemporary twist. The music was a fusion of jazz, R&B, blues, gospel, hip-hop, and other influences and reflects the soundtrack of their generation.

During a set that lasted two glorious hours, the group breathed new life into Wayne Shorter’s “Witch Hunt.” Also, they showcased a variety of fresh, original compositions. I was particularly impressed with Akinmusire’s “Henya” Glasper,” Lionel Loueke’s interpretation of “Bayinnah” and Derrick Hodge’s uplifting “Message of Hope.”

The event marked the last performance in a world tour that included Paris and London and possibly the last performance as the band members are in high demand and some lead bands of their own.

The undisputed “star” of the show was the collective, six multi-talented rising stars who demonstrated the music is in capable hands.

A word about Le Poisson Rouge, a performance space that prides itself on providing the highest quality eclectic programming and impeccable acoustics.The venue has the look and feel of a public space, a place where anything could happen and often does.

On hand was National Public Radio, who filmed the event for posterity, and Bruce Lundvall, President, and CEO of Blue Note Records, who watched the event like a proud father.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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