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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Yaron Herman Trio & Tom Cawley's 'Curios'. The Sage

This was one of those last minute decisions that saw me transported, as if by magic carpet, to the Sage. I'd heard 'Curios' earlier in the year at Scarborough so I knew what to expect. Aggression tempered with tenderness and it was the tender moments that won through for me even if I found it a little strange, or should I say 'curious', that pianist Tom Cawley chose to dedicate one of those delicate moments to an unemployed Formula One driver - Jenson Button! Another moment of rare beauty was a piece called "Truce". This simply cried out for it to be played alongside an appropriate poem - come in Keith or Angela.
Yaron Herman was something else again! He played total piano in the two-fisted way that Peterson and Tatum did; utilising the whole keyboard and even doing a Monk (Thelonius) like dance when the tension became almost unbearable. Of Israeli origin, he beautifully incorporated "In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning" into one of his national folk songs. It could have been arranged by Delius or Debussy such was the harmonic texture.
Bass and drums blended in well and, unlike their 'Curios' counterparts they swung when it was necessary that they 'swung'. In fairness to 'Curios', swinging isn't high up on their list of priorities.
A different, yet nonetheless enjoyable,night.

2 comments :

cptfinch said...

A highlight, I thought, was when Yaron played Toxic by Britney Spears - although his gyrating and singing a la Keith Jarrett made it a bit obvious who his influence is.

Anonymous said...

Yeah - that was something else! I didn't mind the gyratingl in fact a bit of gyrating from 'Curios' might have made it easier for me to stay awake!

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