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Jazz @ The Point: Brian Delaney Quartet at the Tipping Point Theater

  • Tipping Point Theatre 361 East Cady Street Northville, MI, 48167 United States (map)
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The final show in our fourth Jazz @ The Point series, held at the Tipping Point Theatre (361 E. Cady St.) in downtown Northville, features the Brian Delaney Quartet. Tickets are $30 and include a wine-tasting (6:45 p.m.), the concert (7:30 p.m.), and light finger food (at the intermission) from Browndog Barlor & Restaurant. Call the TPT box office at 248-347-0003 or click HERE.

Under the initial premise of a 3-song demo, BDQ's "Let's Get Acquainted" grew to be a lightly-spiced 10-song smorgasbord for the instrumental jazz lover. 

With the disc's title borrowed from a long-lost silent film, "Let's Get Acquainted" gives the listener a brisk and charming meeting with a quartet having fun playing vignette-sized arrangements.

Leader Brian Delaney takes a side-step back into playing electric guitar, away from his usual duties as acoustic guitarist in the Royal Garden Trio. His sound and approach are snappy, bright, old-school and lyrical.

Trumpeter Joseph A. Labuta is a perfect foil for Delaney's guitar, with a sound that is both urgent and hard-edged. Stylistically, both players are drawing from the Braff/Barnes school of interplay and lyricism, letting each melody speak for itself.

The improvisation on the recording is spartan, and the tunes simply fly by. Should the listener desire more choruses, a live performance would certainly suffice.

Both rhythm guitarist Rod McDonald and string bassist Eric Walters propel the ensemble with drive, restraint, musicality and sometimes humor.

It's clear a good time was had by all.