By Howard Reich
…Ozuzu gave apt visual expression to this rambunctious music.
Beyond the ferocity of Ward’s solos on alto saxophone and the heady virtuosity of the ensemble he convened, this rethinking of “Black Saint” stood out for the visual and kinetic offerings of an ensemble of dancers outfitted in black. Lest this seem like an indulgence, consider Mingus’ words in the liner notes of the original recording: “I wrote the music for dancing and listening.”
Thanks to Ward and Ozuzu, that’s what a large audience experienced in this second installment of Millennium Park’s weekly “Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz” series.