“Bob Wills meets Art Blakey meets the Allman Brothers.” That’s how jazz violinist Randy Sabien describes his new band. ”I took the idea of having multiple violins like Bob Wills famous Western Swing bands and injected them into the world of a be-bop three horn ensemble. In addition, because I grew up listening to rock and roll, I’ve always liked the way Duane Allman and Dickey Betts blended their guitars, so I’ve brought that influence into the mix.”
Add a smoking rhythm section: Laura Caviani – piano, Gary Raynor – bass, Pete Johnson – drums, Jim Ouska – guitar, to Randy Sabien (violin) and two more fiddles: Wendy Tangen-Foster and Rebecca Patek, and you have RHYTHM AND BOWS – the title of Sabien’s current album and the band that’ll play these two special nights at the Dakota.
Also – **special event ** Meet Randy and Rebecca Patek at Claire Givens Violins on Wednesday from 3 to 5. It’s located at 1004 Marquette Avenue, Suite 205. (http://www.givensviolins.com)
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“There are fiddlers ad there are violinists. Well-known in both folk and jazz circles, Randy Sabien proudly wears both hats. On his new CD, he has lots of fun covering everyone from Nat King Cole to the Grateful Dead and hard-bop hero Hank Mobley, with echoes of John Coltrane in Jim Ouska’s kickin’ guitar solo.” – Tom Surowicz, Star Tribune
“he combines classical technique and folk energy in a program that’s still strictly jazz.”
- USA TODAY