The general consensus, as far as I could tell, is that this is a Vision to remember. So far, on this penultimate evening, the sets have been above average to stellar and a glance at the line-up for this evening suggested no radical departures.
The change of venue, from the past few years at Judson Hall in Manhattan’s West Village has been mostly (quite) good, even though Roulette, in Brooklyn, is a tight space for a festival. Gone is the community room where people could comfortably mingle, eat, drink and peruse (the vendors were set up spaciously around the perimeter), gone is the upper loft with artwork, but also gone is a difficult sound and cavernous space. While there were early troubles with some unruly folks taking pictures (on day one there was one audience member making such a commotion, taking more pictures that anyone could ever need, that everyone wanted to punch!), by this evening the issue seemed to finally be solved. So, with the good sound and the concentrated energy buoying the proceedings, the evening started with a bang.
|Paal Nilssen-Love, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Frode Gjerstad, Steve Swell|
|David Virelles, Gerald Cleaver, Brandon Lopez, Chris Potter|
Charles Gayle’s group “By Any Means” were unable to perform as scheduled, and the last group on the schedule was Craig Harris’ “Brown Butterly”. Unfortunately, I was unable to stick around for this event, but ear-witnesses indicated it was, in keeping with the aforementioned high quality performances all around.
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