Greg Abate / Gary Smulyan Quartet – August 18, 2010

Greg Abate / Gary Smulyan Quartet    –   Dobbs Ferry Riverfront Park   –   August 18, 2010

Am I the only one finding it peculiar that the baritone sax players (in this case Abate) double on alto (both are E-flat) but rarely on tenor (which is B-flat), while the tenor players more likely skip up to soprano (also B-flat) when they double?  So we had an occasional double bari-sax front line in this piano-less combo.  Lots of open spaces and they knew what to put there.  A healthy mix of standards and originals; the finale was a zippy 2-bari chase through a Bird tune transcription.  After one of the best sunsets of the year over the Hudson.

Greg Abate

Gary Smulyan

Harvie S

Steve Johns

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