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Started by MakzV2 on Jun 18, 2011 2:02:32 PM
A New Jazz Thread

I think we were starting to bore people over on the "Classic Albums" thread, and I struck me that it was about time we had one of these again, so here it is!

uranrising - 18 Jun 2011 16:52:18 (#1 of 237)

Enjoying Jazz Library on radio3, on Gypsy jazz guitarists. Great stuff.

MakzV2 - 19 Jun 2011 22:28:11 (#2 of 237)

Hmmmmm, didn't we almost get to 2000 posts on the last GUT version? Doesn't look as if it is going to happen here.

BlankChank - 20 Jun 2011 17:24:16 (#3 of 237)

You never bore me Makz.

MakzV2 - 20 Jun 2011 18:59:42 (#4 of 237)

Very kind of you Chank, and whilst we are at it, may I return the compliment?

frantastic - 21 Jun 2011 12:46:45 (#5 of 237)

Sanctuary. (Also a great tune on Bitches Brew).

BlankChank - 21 Jun 2011 19:12:18 (#6 of 237)

'Very kind of you Chank, and whilst we are at it, may I return the compliment?'

Thanks for that Makz. The truth is that even though I was an infrequent contributor and a massively conservative voice on the old (GUT) thread, as a lurker I did still really value the range and insight of the contributions that were made to it.

I might disagree with the critical judgement of individual posters, but I do genuinely respect the basis on which they are made, particularly by those such as yourself who continue to play. I hope that some space will be preserved for those jazzer discussions on NTT.

MakzV2 - 21 Jun 2011 20:44:30 (#7 of 237)

Again, likewise Chank. I am absolutely certain that we could spend a great evening disagreeing (and even agreeing on occasion) about music over a substantial number of beers. I always really enjoy the company of an intelligent and well informed person who disagrees with me about a lot of things but does so in an amusing and unhostile manner! Your very good health, sir!

(Downs large G&T in one).

BuddhaPest - 19 Nov 2011 16:14:46 (#8 of 237)

Anyone going to any of the London Jazz Festival gigs?

So far, I've been to McCoy Tyner (blistering), Regina Carter (beautiful) and Martial Solal & Stefano Bollani (mischievous interplay between two piano greats). Tomorrow it's Hermeto Pascoal.

I've not quite been able to get around the gigs in the smaller venues I'd have liked to, though I did see Liam Noble & Julian Siegle doing a free gig in St James Piccadilly yesterday - the venue was lovely but a bit too echo-y for what they were doing, both are very cleanly articulated players.

What have you been to see?

MakzV2 - 20 Nov 2011 04:19:16 (#9 of 237)

Damn, I thought this thread had died a long time ago.

Yet another year when I didn't make it to the London Jazz Festival. I think the last time I went was around 1985! Jazz Warriors and Pinski Zoo in Greenwich, if memory serves.

BuddhaPest - 20 Nov 2011 08:38:25 (#10 of 237)

Makz, I don't think threads die in NtT, they just quiety molder.

So what have you been to see lately?

MakzV2 - 05 Dec 2011 04:34:36 (#11 of 237)

Went to see the current Pat Metheny trio last night, with Larry Grenadier on bass and Bill Stewart on drums. Fantastic gig, and confirmation of my belief that Metheny can play with total conviction in more styles than any other guitarist (possibly musician) I know of. Quite a lot of pretty mainstream stuff, interpersed with some interesting solo stuff, particularly a rather nice piece involving a rather bizarre thing apparently called a Pikasso guitar, and a few solos that would have put the wind up Slayer!

Highly recommended.

BuddhaPest - 05 Dec 2011 07:25:55 (#12 of 237)

Sounds great, makz. I've seen Metheny a couple of times, with his regular quartet, and once with Brad Mehldau, and he is an amazing player.

Highlight of the London Jazz Festival for me has to have been Hermeto Pascoal, a 75 year old Brazilian with a huge shock of grey hair and beard, who seems to have the capacity to make music from anything. He had his own Brazilian band with him, and a big band made up of British musicians. They played for 3 hours, and Pascoal is one one of these people who just seems to inhabit his own musical universe - it reminded me of seeing Sun Ra or George Clinton. It was really uplifting, and the audience were all smiling as we left.

Cocovuelve - 05 Dec 2011 09:14:59 (#13 of 237)

I adore Hermeto Pascoal. He's the kind of bloke who would make having a cup of coffee sound musical.

MakzV2 - 05 Dec 2011 18:37:50 (#14 of 237)

He had a diffent rhythm section with him last night (Bill Stewart and Larry Grenadier) but this gives you an idea of what he was like.​watch?v=95gYYB1Sd4Y&fe

MakzV2 - 18 Dec 2011 20:34:58 (#15 of 237)

Good month for guitar gigs in Athens. Saw the sublimely wonderful Birelli Lagrene last night, in full blown electric mode, as opposed to his more common Django thing. Mind warpingly blissful!

BuddhaPest - 19 Dec 2011 08:35:08 (#16 of 237)

Sounds great, Makz! I've never seen Lagrene live, but I've heard his albums, and he can be dazzlingly good. What sort of music was he playing last night?

MakzV2 - 19 Dec 2011 08:50:47 (#17 of 237)

Not at all what I was expecting. He played a solid body electric guitar throughout the set, often with a fair degree of distortion. The band was Sax (tenor & soprano), drums and Hammond, and the music was what you would probably expect from the lineup. Funky and bluesy. I had only ever heard him playing far more "retro" stuff, which I love, but this was way more electric. Absolutely brilliant, though, and just showing how versatile the chap is. He played one solo that would have put the wind up Slayer!

BuddhaPest - 19 Dec 2011 10:23:12 (#18 of 237)

Interesting - I've read interviews with him where he seemed to see the 'heir to Django' label as a bit limiting, so you've probably seen him doing the stuff he's really interested in. I love the guitar/sax/drums/organ line-up, which can be a lot more versatile than most people think - everything from van der Graaf to Jimmy Smith.

frantastic - 19 Dec 2011 10:49:05 (#19 of 237)

No sax but these take the organ trio somewhere new, .

BuddhaPest - 10 Feb 2012 00:02:56 (#20 of 237)

Jazz fans stay in and watch BBC4 next Friday evening:

9pm Arena tribute to Sonny Rollins at 80

10pm Film of Sonny Rollins live at Ronnie Scotts, not shown since it was shot in 1974

11pm Repeat off a 1989 Omnibus programme about Ronnie Scott

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