There was a definitive appearance of cool, refreshing jazz last week in Glendale, courtesy of accomplished valve trombonist Barry Mosley. It was a long, rewarding night of invigorating music, the kind of sound perfect for an evening of effortless escape.
I rarely mention details from my personal life in entertainment reviews, but the night of the tribute came after a long, tedious workday. Irritable and tense when I arrived, my mood changed the instant I heard the dulcet strains of a trombone wafting down from the jazz band’s lofty perch inside Glendale’s Left Coast Wine Bar and Gallery. As my friend and I bounded upstairs, our ears were greeted by the bass pounding and the tenor saxophone bleating. Our emotions were immediately uplifted.
Barry Mosley and his “cool jazz trio” have a steady gig at Vitello’s restaurant in Studio City, but this Glendale event was a special tribute — along with saxman Dennis Lapron — to the beautiful duets of valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer and tenor saxophonist Stan Getz as recorded in the 1960s. Most of the tunes were beloved standards everyone knows, the next choice more welcome to the ears than the last.