Event Type: Club Date, Community Event/Celebration, Dinner Party, Reception
About: Michigan’s Royal Garden Trio has managed to make an ambitious, broad-ranging album that surpasses even its first – and that’s no mean trick.
In fact, RGT’s vigorous musical hybrid – blending the Parisian cafe with the American nightclub,manages to be fresh and original without being exotic; a rarity anywhere and nearly unheard of in jazz.
Davison’s Tom Bogardus (who wrote the album’s two originals) doubles on tenor guitar and clarinet, with a hard-edged, straight-ahead, Sidney Bechet-like style. Many have chops, but only the best can really make the ballads sing; and Bogardus’s lyrical soprano sax on Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday” is an album highlight.
Guitarist Brian Delaney admirably distances himself from the faster-and-louder school of Django Reinhardt wannabes, and his Continental style – and his breathing, well-constructed solos – find that elegance, not to mention swing, that so many miss.