Vision Festival XII, NYC
Louis Moholo-Moholo's set with Kidd Jordan, Dave Burrell and William Parker was eagerly anticipated by many and though the set was short a mere 20 minutes it was one of the most scorching statements of the festival, Jordan and Moholo-Moholo belying their years and turning in edge-of-seat improv of the first order; Burrell in particular shone, shedding years and long-fostered meditativeness as he delved deep into the keyboard's high register, scattering pearls of wisdom amidst the others' rapid-fire earthy invocations.
It was a brilliant closer to a fine festival, one marred only by fairly frequent technical problems with sound that flummoxed musicians and audience alike. Despite glitches in balance and effect, music of the highest caliber prevailed, a credit to musician resilience. The festival was obviously programmed with an ear toward diversity, large and small aggregates juxtaposed for contrast. The approach allowed fresh context for each successive performance, unifying the festival's components for a week of exceptional, revelatory music.