A few months ago, jazz saxophonist Andrew D'Angelo became a cause celebre for the need to provide musicians with adequate, affordable healthcare after he came down with a dangerous brain tumor while without health insurance. Andrew had two surgeries to remove the tumor and appears to have made a full recovery; to date, there has been no triage performed on his bank account.
Last night at Barbes, Andrew played in a trio including Gerald Cleaver (drums) and Chris Lightcap (bass). You might expect someone four months shy of brain surgery to go easy. Not Andrew. The guy was full of manic, ferocious energy, pausing only briefly between numbers (he calls them "songs") to catch his breath.
"You would think my head hurts, but actually it's the back of my neck that's giving me issues. Go figure."
Towards the end of his set, Andrew played "Gay Disco," which shone like spun sugar, bright and brilliant. The best kind of affirmation: