Do I Do Visions?
March 4, 2012 4:39 PM Subscribe
The SF Jazz Collective
just began their month-long Spring 2012 tour
. Each year since 2004 the eight musicians have selected a composer to honor — including many of the usual suspects: Coltrane, Hancock, Monk, Shorter, Tyner. (In 2013 it will be Chick Corea) This year, changing things up a bit, they've decided to showcase the music of Stevland Hardaway Morris
From the group’s website: "Each year, the ensemble performs a new list of compositions by a modern jazz master and new pieces by the Collective members (commissioned by SFJAZZ). Through this pioneering approach, simultaneously honoring jazz’s recent history while championing the music’s up-to-the-minute directions, the Collective embodies SFJAZZ’s commitment to jazz as a living, ever-relevant art form." Available online: The tour blog
. Well-made videos of the group's arrangements of Do I Do
, and Visions
. An NPR video
I like even better, posted last week, of group drummer Eric Harland
(accompanied by the group's trumpeter Avishai Cohen
) playing sheet metal in an abandoned fort. Group vibraphonist Stefon Harris
giving a TED talk last November on how "There are no mistakes on the bandstand."