A band name such as the Flutet suggests an organized group. However, on the evidence presented Monday at Donte's, it would appear that this is simply a collection of five musicians, co-led by flutists Sam Most and Fernando Gelbard, in a loose and typically casual jam session. Most has been playing jazz flute since those two words sounded like a contradiction in terms. He is still one of the most competent exponents of an instrument that does not always seem to lend itself to this kind of setting.
The problem mainly was the absence of a contrasting horn. Gelbard, an Argentine promoter who has produced a number of albums, is a man of obvious limitations as a flutist. At times he would offer hesitant counterpoints to Most's exposition of the theme; as a soloist his lack of assurance, both in ideals and intonation, was made doubly conspicuous by the juxtaposition of a performer as experienced and skillful as Most.
The leaders were supported by a capable rhythm section, with the assertive piano of Frank Collett, steady and unobtrusive drumming by Carl Burnett, and most notably John Giannelli, another of those nimble bass players who have proliferated in recent years. His solos were the high points of the set.