By JeffDayton-Johnson | KUSP – Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour- a somewhat cumbersome name for a group, no? – closed out the proceedings from the Jimmy Lyons Arena Stage Sunday. Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, bassist and leader Christian McBride, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, tenor saxophonist Chris Potter, pianist Benny Green and drummer Lewis Nash appeared together and in various smaller combinations for a somewhat laid-back blowing session.
Bridgewater and McBride began as a duet, with the Isley Brothers’ “It’s Your Thing,” and the set list included Bobby Hutcherson’s “Highway 1″ and Horace Silver’s “Filthy McNasty.” Akinmusire’s “Henya” (a standout track from his When the Heart Emerges Glistening), a tender ballad, was an emotional highlight. “All of Me” closed the set.