in madrid for a few days, i was lucky enough to catch the kenny garrett quintet at clamores jazz. i’ve not been to clamores before — actually, i associate it more with clubbing (which they still do there, starting late & ending early, natch!) — but i quite liked the place. i was a bit taken aback at 9pm to find myself just about the last person in the door for what turned out to be a 10pm show; i’ll be there earlier next time, and dinner be damned. anyway, it was a great show though all i had to record with was an android phone (no it’s not really listenable, thanks for asking). sometimes, k.g. reminded me of a younger pharoah sanders; googling today, i see that’s not just me (1) (2). pharoah sanders was one of my favorite musicians at one point (and i’ll always have a soft spot for his music), so that added a bit of a kick to the show. (i’ve only seen p.s. once, at the cork jazzfest a bit over a decade ago.) the music in the last half hour didn’t really do it for me, though i must say kenny garrett knows how to get people up out of their seats — the energy when he switched from jazz to (i’m not sure what) kept me there. and a long show, too: i left after 2 hours, and they were still at it.
bottom line: liked clamores, loved kenny garrett. i’ll be back, and hope k.g. will as well.