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Friday February 13, 2015

From Arts Atlanta
By Jon Ross

Review: Children of the Light jazz trio lights up Spivey Hall with jam-infused musicianship

April can’t come soon enough.

During a concert by the Children of the Light on Saturday at Clayton State University, pianist Danilo Pérez said the trio ‘” which includes drummer Brian Blade and John Patitucci on acoustic and electric bass ‘” will head to the studio this spring for its first recording sessions.

The musicians have been playing as a unit for 15-odd years supporting Wayne Shorter, most recently on 2013’s Without A Net live recording, but this new disc would present the trio as a cohesive ensemble. Last year at the Rialto, the musicians had already proven their relationship with Shorter isn’t at all subordinate; during the enthralling performance, Pérez, Patitucci and Blade weren’t simply accompanying a music master, but were participating in an organic, collaborative music-making process.

Pérez, Patitucci and Blade easily move in lockstep. This familiarity and appreciation of common musical goals helped create a level of jazz club intimacy even in Clayton State’s Spivey Hall.

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