Dr. Stanley Sagov
Saturday, October 5 at The Regattabar
When you talk to a musician about the sound he/she is trying to attain, the words “color” or “texture” are more than likely going to come up. In many regards, the concepts of sound, sight, and feelings are often combined when a musician thinks about qualities of music he/she is trying to attain. Stanley Sagov & The Remembering The Future Jazz Band exemplify this. Along with performance painter Nancy Ostrovsky, the band makes you question whether you’re hearing more colors or seeing more sounds in the course of a performance.
Ostrovsky’s painting captured the color and the feel of what the performance was like. Striking, vibrant, smooth, and cool describe both the sound of the band and the paintings. To be honest, though, I don’t think the word “cool” even does this group real justice. This group is comprised of jazz veterans who make performing at a high level look as easy as walking into the room. The group plays a smooth fusion of American and South African Jazz, with the occasional inflection of blues, as was most evident in their rendition of “Stormy Weather.”
Dr. Stanley Sagov leads the band on piano and, along with being an excellent pianist, did a phenomenal job of selecting pieces, always seeming to know what the audience needed to hear at various points of the performance. John Lockwood (bass) and Bob Gullotti (drums) provided non-stop driving rhythm, while Robert Douglas Gay (alto sax), Stan Strickland (tenor sax, flute, vocals), and Mike Peipman (trumpet, digeridoo) belted melodies and monstrous solos. On several occasions, Wannetta Jackson joined the group as primary vocalist. All members of the band were highly engaged with the audience, which only made this particular performance more memorable. SS&TRTFJB are currently promoting their new CD, Always Remembering the Future.
– Bobby Ortega (blues guitarist, graduate student at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology)