Audience favorites included Change Up, a fast blues number, Train Shuffle, which was done with a Reggae-style twist, and Chick Coreas Quartet #2. The solos, harmonies, and overall flavor of these tunes made them especially memorable.
Another popular piece was an impromptu composition by McCuchen that was given the name Untitled Tune in d minor as it was introduced to the audience. While introducing the song, Hagedorn said, This is something Keith wrote while we were rehearsing something else on Sunday. That the players could perform a song spontaneously written only several days before the show was a sign of their proficiency and cohesiveness as a group.
The professionalism and musical skill of the players was evident throughout the performance. Hodels high notes, McCuchens rich chords, Hagedorns wild scales, and Kallestads smooth tone all made it clear that the audience was in the presence of master musicians.
Meredith Sorenson 07 commented, The concert was amazing! The amount of diverse talent we have here at St. Olaf is incredible. I couldnt help but be completely drawn in by the energy and sensitivity of all the players.
The concert was a great environment in which to hear professors, normally found in classroom settings, let their hair down for wild jazz solos. The stage dynamic was fun and laid-back, adding to the relaxed nature of the night.
All the performers played with soul and expertise during the concert, and their passion for music was evident to the appreciative audience.