I regretfully missed Thursday's kickoff of Minnesota sur Seine—an annual jazz fest that brings together musicians from Minnesota and France for some of the most innovative jazz collaborations I've heard in a long time—but caught Saturday night's Happy Apple performance at the Southern. Drummer Dave King, bassist Erik Fratzke, and saxophonist Mike Lewis delivered an amazing show, as usual. The Minneapolis band was joined by pianist Benoit Delbecq, who jived well with the progressive group. For a band that's so 'out there,' it was impressive to hear an outsider fit in so seamlessly. The two encores weren't enough.
I was so jazzed (Sorry, I couldn't resist) by Saturday's show I checked out Lewis's Sunday afternoon gig with drummer Mark Sanders at the Acadia Cafe. The hour-long set was inspired, passionate, and fun.
The festival runs through October 22 at lots of great local venues—many of which are rarely used for public performances. Check out the whole schedule at sur Seine's site.