Michael Pedicin Quintet
Sandi Pointe Ballroom 9 – 9:40 PM & 10 – 10:40 PM
Michael Pedicin – tenor saxophone, John Valentino – guitar, Chris Simonini – piano,
Chris Colangelo – bass, Vic Stevens – drums
Jazz is an art form in which second and third acts abound, and tenor saxophonist Michael Pedicin is making the most of his late-career creative surge. A passionately soulful improviser, the New York City-based Pedicin has released a series of scintillating sessions in the past six years, and Why Stop Now…Ubuntu, on his GroundBlue label, reconfirms his status as a top-tier post-bopper distinguished by rare poise and maturity. Featuring his accomplished quintet, and enlisting the skills of Grammywinning producer Joe Donofrio, he brings all his experience to bear on this eloquent recording, the latest riveting dispatch from a player who know how to make the most out of every note. “‘Ubuntu’ means human kindness, an African philosophy that echoes my constant hope for peace and connectedness in our world.” In this latest CD release by the Professor, his 12th as a leader and 5th in the last 6 years, his passion for the way music provides a vital, breathing and evertransforming reminder of that connection between us is celebrated and proclaimed through his personal voice, the saxophone. From the very first notes of the surging title track that opens this album, through the beautifully inspired impromptu solo that takes it home, the listener is in for a powerful ride on a gracefully navigated harmonic steeplechase.