Bebop Spoken There
Tim Berne: "My guys improvise. They're not going to do something just because it works, or it worked the night before." - (Downbeat December 2004.)
Barry McRae: “Arguments about the importance or even the necessity for improvisation in jazz are never likely to be resolved.” – (Jazz Journal December 1992)
Today Tuesday January 24
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Andrew McCormack @ Kings Place, London Sept. 12
I always get a buzz when I make my now infrequent visits to the capital and none more so than at last night's Festival at Kings Place just a short stagger from Kings X Station. Not that it was plain sailing. The concert started late - par for the course with jazz gigs remarked the lady standing in front of me - and the drummer didn't make it so the trio became a solo and then a duo. But what a duo!
McCormack is very much one of the newer breed of pianists and none the worse for that. There are many classical elements in his playing and these were all the more apparent given the lack of a drummer. One composition I thought had elements of the Hungarian composer Dohnani about it although McCormack said he'd been listening to a lot of Gustav Mahler so what do I know?!
Whoever, whatever, it was a brilliant performance that fully lived up to my expectations after hearing and reviewing his latest CD First Light earlier this year.
On bass Sam Lasserson was a tower of strength providing the solid foundation as well as soloing and complementing McCormack.
An excellent session.
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Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)