Singleton, Wagner, Freilich, and Cappello
October 26, 2009
BY JASON SONGE
It's been a while since I've been to Bacchanal. After I grabbed a glass of red wine with bite, I walked past their new kitchen area on my way to their beautiful backyard. I sat under what looked like a banana tree and was ten feet from Bacchanal's new wooden stage. It houses music seven nights a week, from what I've heard.
This show was a treat. It's always nice to re-connect with players like guitarist Jonathan Freilich, bassist James Singleton, and saxophonist Rob Wagner, people who I've been watching for at least ten years and have seen evolve. The group was rounded out by drummer Dave Cappello.
The three just seemed happy to be on the same stage together, and as a result, they didn't have a theme or agenda. The three selected songs from each other's catalogs on a whim, and I was very pleased with what I heard. I was listening, listening, listening, keeping time with my foot as Singleton took a solo or Freilich remained the only source of linear thinking, the rest exploring a flurry of notes. The best moments came when all four played. The guitar and sax would splice together in the most awesome way and I'd close my eyes and enjoy. There was no thinking in those moments. Just absorption, and that's why those guys are priceless. You can't put a pricetag on peace and calm.
The loose and relaxed nature of this modern jazz show was supplemented by Cappello's drumming, which is best described as an ADD method with a madness.