JAZZ FEST INDEX - 2014 Rochester INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Jon Ballantyne Trio at Rochester International Jazz Festival

Jon Ballantyne has played with so many people, big names like Joe Henderson, that you wonder how he put this trio together. Was the bass player a pick-up? Drummer, Adam Nussbaum, looked like Mike in "Breaking Bad" and was equally rough around the edges in an engaging way yet Jon Ballantyne is fluid and lyrical. Maybe they are a unit but it was a delight to watch them play like they were gettig to know one another. They started with the standard, "I Fall In Love Too Easily," and then went into a rambuctious version of Ornette's "When Will The Blues Leave" with a beautiful bass solo.

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