The John Beasley Positootly! Quintet (w/Antonio Hart, Rashawn Ross, James Genus, Jeff “Tain” Watts) delivered one of the most enjoyable sets of music I’ve heard all year at Jazz Standard this past Wednesday (July 27th). No pretension, just the kind of straight-up swinging music that hits you right in the gut (and heart)!
Why is it such a rarity these days to hear such swinging jazz? Musicians are trying so hard to stand out from the crowd (and the past), that they’re all ending up right in this middle nowhere land – sounding just like everyone else trying to do the same thing! Who would have thought playing straight ahead would become the new way to be “different?”
Here are some pics from the night . . .