(Published: January 27, 2011)
February 10-13, 2011
Make a reservation for this show.
The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley presents pop-influenced jazz saxophonist and vocalist Mindi Abair for five nights, touring in support of her latest album In Hi-fi Stereo. Band members joining Mindi are Rodney Lee (keys), Jay Gore (guitar), Derek Frank (bass) and Jeremy Tate (drums). Set times Thursday - Saturday and Monday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Set time on Sunday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6pm on Thursday and 5:30pm Friday-Monday.
Any artist who takes his or her craft seriously will inevitably reach a point on the journey when history can no longer be overlooked. The direct line between the music of now and the music of then becomes too important to ignore, and the riches of generations past are suddenly rediscovered and eventually reinterpreted for a new era.
Saxophonist Mindi Abair has reached that critical juncture. After more than a decade of performing, songwriting and recording, she has taken a step back from the more polished sensibilities of contemporary jazz and embraced the sounds of past decades, specifically the ‘60s and early ‘70s, a period widely regarded as the golden age of R&B, soul and funk. The result is her new album In High-Fi Stereo, set for release on May 18, 2010 (Heads-Up International Records). The album captures the raw and edgy aesthetic of that golden age, when a slab of vinyl could instantaneously put band and listener together in the same room and establish a visceral and enduring connection. Loaded with infectious grooves generated by a high-caliber crew of players, In High-Fi Stereo kindles that spark for a new generation of ears.
"This album is a reflection of some of the older, more funky stuff I've been listening to in the last couple years," says Abair, firing off a list of favorites that include Al Green, Alain Toussaint, Junior Walker, King Curtis, Archie Bell and the Drells, and many others. "I think it all kind of seeped into me over time. I wanted to move away from a more produced sound and just get into the studio and play. It didn't have to be perfect. It didn't have to be shiny and new. It's not an intellectual record. It's a fun, feel-good record inspired by some of those great sounds and grooves from that period, but recast for a modern audience."
Start to finish, In Hi-Fi Stereo is something classic and something new at the same time. "It's a vintage sounding record, a contemporary take on a very classic sound," she says. "We didn't make your father's jazz record. We didn't set out to make an ‘old' record. It's not about doing what's been done before. It's about drawing on what and who inspires you, and bringing it into your world and making it your own - and then putting it out there for a new generation of people who love jazz and soul."
More Information: http://www.jazzalley.com