Tuesday, April 27, 2010
06/17/05 Bad Plus/Charlie Hunter Trio/James Carter Organ Trio @ Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn, NY
One of the absolute best things about living in NYC is the plethora of top notch free music. This is especially true in the summer months, when just about every neighborhood park has a concert calendar.
Central park gets most of the attention, but Prospect Park is more woodsy, and seeing a show there actually feels like you're in a park; there is no Astroturf.
This was my first time in Prospect Park, lured in by the jazzy triple bill. The concert actually "charges" a strongly suggested $3 donation to keep the scene alive.
The opener was funky and fresh.
Charlie Hunter disappointed a bit, wowing with his 7-string guit-bass technical wizardry, but failing to match the energy of Mr. Carter's group.
Headliner avant jazz pop rock trio The Bad Plus was pretty amazing. The highlight was their progressive rendition of the theme from "Chariots of Fire."