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Friday June 20, 2014

From The New York Times

After Accolades, Trio Injects a Little Folk Melody and Switches Gears Often
By: Nate Chinen

Before playing a note in its sold-out first set at the Blue Note on Tuesday night, the trio known as Children of the Light paused to receive some accolades. Together, its members — the pianist Danilo Pérez, the bassist John Patitucci and the drummer Brian Blade — make up the rhythm section in the Wayne Shorter Quartet. As such, they were presented with awards from the Jazz Journalists Association: midsize ensemble of the year and record of the year, for Mr. Shorter’s most recent album, “Without a Net.”

That ceremonial prelude, during a United States premiere under the auspices of the Blue Note Jazz Festival, highlighted the trio’s best asset, as well as its most stubborn obstacle. Mr. Shorter, the saxophonist and composer, represents the North Star of modern jazz, and his quartet has been his primary outlet for almost 15 years now. So while it’s officially a new project, Children of the Light has had every opportunity to develop a style and a shorthand, though it’s also a band partly defined by an absence.

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