Live at the Magic Triangle

Featuring: Bobby Bradford

Musicians on the recording

Bobby Bradford – cornet
Hafez Modirzadeh – tenor saxophone
Ken Filiano – bass, effects
Royal Hartigan – drums

Recording track list



NoBusiness Records NBLP 108
Release year - 2017
Edition of 500 copies

Credits and release info

  • Recorded live on 31st March, 2016 at Bezanson Recital Hall as part of the Magical Triangle Jazz Series (Glenn Siegel - Founding Director). Concert produced by the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Recorded by Dan Richardson
  • Edited and mixed by
  • Mastered by Arūnas Zujus at MAMAstudios
  • Design by Oskaras Anosovas
  • Diagram by Hafez Modirzadeh
  • Produced by Hafez Modirzadeh
  • Executive Producer – Danas Mikailionis
  • Co-Executive Producer  – Valerij Anosov

Reviews and articles

Clifford Allen - New York City Jazz Record

This album presents Bradford with a more recent partner, alto saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh, in an Amherst, Massachusetts concert, joined by bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Royal Hartigan (the only member without West Coast bona fides) for a program of five originals, including the cornet player’s classic line “She”. This is Bradford’s fourth release on the frighteningly prolific NoBusiness label out of Lithuania and his second with Modirzadeh. “She” is rendered as a dirge, cup-muted brassy barbs apposite the crisp drone of bass and viscous purrs, the theme emerging as a gasping lilt across a field of cymbal taps and rich clamber, cornet and tenor in a braying dance of chortling extrapolations with Modirzadeh reminiscent of John Tchicai in his oblique, repeating commentary. Filiano’s limber pizzicato and incisive, full arco are a linchpin for the proceedings, providing a flexible harmonic ground for crackling silver and gravelly shouts as Hartigan adds a sensitive tumble balanced between background and mid-level surge. A tap dancer and skilled in the use of his hands, Hartigan unfurls a stripped-down and economical web of beats at the beginning of “Wadsworth Falls”, a gallop that beautifully suits Bradford’s laconic, brushy expressionism. Bobby Bradford, turning 84 this month, is a link to the development of this music, seasoning the ‘now’ with the wry swagger of tradition. 

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