When did you ever think you'd read the words "blissful" and "Mount Vernon" in the same sentence?
Well, here it is. I spent Sunday afternoon in Mount Vernon - and it was blissful.
The Paul Unger Trio entertained a crowd of about 70 with some of the world's great jazz, including selections from Thelonius Monk, Cole Porter, Miles Davis and Bill Evans. The group also presented original compositions by two of its members, "Gimme a Break," by pianist Steven Harlos and "Afternoon Nap," by Unger.
Mount Vernon Music founding member Mark Miller joined the trio for a quartet of tangos by Argentine composer Astor Piazolla.
Miller put down his concert violin and picked up what my husband said looked like a cross bow and played it during several of the jazz numbers.
"It's a Jordon Violin," Harlos told me during intermission. "They are custom made."
For me, the highlight of the afternoon was a great interpretation of Miles Davis' classic, "Blue in Green." This year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of "Kinda Blue," the album considered the gold standard of jazz.
I was also pleasantly surprised to see "Invitation" on the set list. Boz Scaggs put the slow rhumba on his latest CD. While the trio did the piece more up tempo, the Latin flavor remained. Drummer Dennis Durick set the mood with a great introduction, with Harlos and Unger getting some solid licks in, too.
If the Paul Unger Trio comes back next season, make plans to attend. The three men are talented, in sync and obviously love the genre of jazz.
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