The 2015 Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival took place in Pittsburgh’s downtown cultural district this past weekend. As I said in a post about last year’s festival, I’m just not the target audience for this. As someone who cares enough about the local jazz scene to write a blog about it, I would think that I should be. But once again, with a lineup full of vocalists, Latin flavors, and fluff, I was just not all that interested.
The one act that did motivate me to head downtown on Saturday was a trio made up saxophonist David Murray, pianist Geri Allen, and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. The set had some great moments as well as a few that were much more subdued than I had expected or hoped for. The highlight for me was probably the last song of the set, a piece that Murray said was an unrecorded Ornette Coleman composition, which exhibited the type of energy I had hoped for throughout.