October 26th, 2009
Jovino Santos Neto (piano), Anne Drummond, Brandi Disterheft (bass) and Mauricio Zottarelli (drums) on stage at the Triple Door in another Earshot Jazz Festival presentation Monday night.
A beautiful and moving home coming performance by the multi-talented prodigal daughter of the Garfield jazz program. Anne Drummond has been killing ’em in New York for 10 years, performing and recording with the likes of Kenny Barron, Stefon Harris, and Avishai Cohen. Ten days ago she was playing with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull at Beacon Theater in New York City. January 5th to 10th she will be with Kenny Barron Band at the Jazz Standard in New York. She returned to Seattle with her sparkling quartet to celebrate her debut release, Like Water.
“Flutist Anne Drummond grew up in two distinctly different but equally influential musical environments. She first attended Seattle’s Garfield High School, where she participated in the school’s widely recognized and admired jazz program. Drummond speaks of this time as being very fertile for her musical ambitions. She felt like her fellow musicians, her instructors, and the parents involved made up one big family that endlessly fostered her growth as a musician.
After graduating from high school, Drummond moved across the country in order to study piano at the Manhattan School of Music. Equipped with the tools for musical exploration that her experience at Garfield had given her, Drummond felt “like a kid in a candy store” in New York, which she enthusiastically endorses as the best place to grow as an artist. The variety of influences that Drummond has encountered in the decade since she moved to New York is explored on her recently released album, Like Water.
The pieces on Like Water evolve in a way that feels similar to the way the album itself must have been created. Drummond had been working on chamber compositions that leaned towards the work of master 20th-century composers such as Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel when pianist Klaus Mueller (one of two pianists who appear on the album) swung her attention towards Brazilian rhythms. Rather than abandon her earlier projects, Drummond chose to combine her latest inspirations with what she had already been writing, resulting in an album that waxes candid violin and cello tones over echoing Latin beats.”
Continue reading Earshot Jazz Festival Guide.