by Steven Pisano
With members hailing originally from Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Israel, and across the U.S., the lineup of the all-star SF Jazz Collective brings an international flavor to their fluid and thoughtful style of post-bop jazz. Their mastery was in full force at their recent week-long residency at Jazz Standard; I caught them last Friday.
Formed in San Francisco in 2004, the Collective features a revolving membership. Each year, their repertoire includes one new piece from each of its eight members, and the balance features the work of an earlier jazz great. This year’s honoree is tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, who recorded albums for Blue Note in the 1960s and Verve in the 1990s.
There is a Latin splash to the current configuration of the Jazz Collective - though it's more like adding some salsa picante to an existing dish. Robin Eubanks, widely regarded as one of the finest trombonists of his generation, took something of a back seat to the leads set by Edward Simon on piano, David Sanchez on tenor sax, and Miguel Zenon on alto.