JAZZ FEST INDEX - 2012 Rochester INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Nicholas Peyton XXX at Rochester Internation Jazz Festival

We ran into a few friends who were leaving Nicholas Peyton XXX at the Xerox Auditorium and we asked how the show was. They said the band was "strangely noncommittal" and this seemed like an odd comment so of course we had to see for ourselves. They predisposed us to this diagnosis but we had to agree. The auditorium was full (where were all these people when Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssy played here last night?) and the the three musicians played like they were a pickup band at a wine tasting. The electric bass was a letdown. Most of the venues have such great acoustics there is really no excuse for a one dimensional bass sound (I suppose it did let the drummer play louder) and Nicholas Peyton kept switching instruments for no apparent reason. - photo by P Doddy - click photo to advance > next