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Tuesday July 22, 2014

From DownBeat Magazine

Children of the Light Trio Shines at Copenhagen Fest
By: Mitch Myers

The 2014 Copenhagen Jazz Fest, which ran from July 4–13, was chock-full of quality performances, but one of the superlative highlights was the Children of the Light Trio’s July 6 concert.

While pianist Danilo Pérez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade have been playing together in saxophonist Wayne Shorter’s quartet since 2000, their recent foray as a working trio was auspicious. Longtime Copenhagen favorites, the three musicians seemed quite comfortable onstage together at the Betty Nansen Theater, and their two-set program was an unqualified success.

The trio’s moniker nods toward a few different things, including a biblical verse and Shorter’s composition “Children Of The Night.” Indeed, Shorter’s influence on this group was obvious throughout the evening. These musicians have only worked in this particular format for a short time, but the familiarity, confidence and trust between the three-piece was fully evident and can be attributed to their amazing time working alongside Shorter.

Drawing on material from Pérez’s recently released Mack Avenue solo album, Panama 500 (on which both Patitucci and Blade appear), the band put on a clinic of spontaneous, virtuosic improvisation and compositional integrity. Latin, Caribbean and Brazilian influences all played a part in their performance, and the trio’s musical dialogue ran the gamut from lighthearted to explosively intense.

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