The billing was inaccurate for Saturday's show at Constitution Hall. The posters should have read, "The Phyllis Hyman Show, Featuring Pharaoh Saunders and Michael Henderson." Hyman, who has emerged as one of the most popular new vocalists in recent years, upstaged jazz veteran Saunders and balladeer Henderson.
Hyman has mastered the whole range of pop music. She can belt out ballads like "I Got Someone Who Needs Me" and jam to disco tunes such as "You're Number One." She is also the featured artist on a recently released album with Saunders. On Saturday, the two teamed up for several selections from the album. Hyman scatted and traded off rifts with Saunders' blaring saxophone.
After Hyman left the stage to a standing ovation, Saunders completed his set with several of his well-known standards. Tunes such as "Think of the One Who Made Us All" were noticeable for more funk and rhythm than is usually Saunders' style.
Michael Henderson, who unfortunately came on after all this, is an especially good bass player and accompanied himself on several of his songs. Henderson alternated falsetto voiced ballads such as "Be My Girl" with his full-blasted strummer bass voice on tunes such as "Whip It Baby."