Most of us know Pat O’Leary as a stellar bassist, a swinging jazz cellist, someone with a quick verbal wit and an untrammeled imagination. But our Patrick (as I’ve already discussed on this blog) is someone with wider visions, going deeper into his own combination of creative improvisation (jazz for soloists and ensemble) and Serbian folk-melodies. Here is a wonderfully moving segment from his latest work, called Trojanka:
What expansive music that is — and I don’t mean loud or overblown. Rather, Pat has merged the three or four worlds: the jazz quartet of himself, Stjepko Gut, trumpet; Renato Chicco, piano; Dennis Mackrel-drums, the lovely symphony orchestra, the choir, and those deeply melodic folk strains to create something new and lovely, where one element doesn’t overpower the other. Musical synergy at its best.
This performance was recorded (also beautifully!) at the Sava Centar, Belgrade, Serbia, on June 4, 2011.
In two days, I hope to see the eminent Mr. O’Leary swinging out with the EarRegulars at The Ear Inn — but to know what else he is capable of makes me very proud to know such a creative fellow.