All About Jazz Reviews “Forbidden Drive,” and PRISM Quartet With Joe Lovano At The Painted Bride

“For this reviewer, the highlight of the evening, however, was tenor saxophonist Matthew Levy‘s “Forbidden Drive.” Here was a composition perfectly suited and orchestrated for the PRISM group. Levy explained that the “Forbidden Drive” is a trail near Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Creek, in a secluded area of woods, where many locals relax on their days off. The music captured in its tone colors the various moods one would experience in a secluded place that is close to nature but surrounded by a city. The quartet shone in its performance of this coherent and moving music, which had echoes of another Philadelphia composer, Jennifer Higdon. The effect of the music was spellbinding and exquisitely showed how much could be expressed by the saxophones when they are played by such masters.

By VICTOR L. SCHERMER
June 7, 2017
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