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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Haftor Medboe Group - Cluny.

Haftor Medboe (gtr), Konrad Wiszniewski (ten), Chris Grieve (tmb), Eva Malling (bs), Sigmy Jakobsdottir (perc). ----- Support: Marie-Claire (gtr/vcl), Sigmy Jakobsdottir (perc). -----
With a Scotish born Pole on tenor, an Australian trombonist, a Norwegian guitarist, a Danish bass player and an Icelandic percussionist - there were more foreigners on stage than in your average Premier League football team - and this was Premier League Jazz but it certainly wasn't average.
I confess I had misgivings at the strange, electronic based, opening. Coupled with a bowed guitar I had the feeling that this was going to be one of those, "Sorry but I have to leave early, I forgot to feed the cat" nights. I couldn't have been more wrong!
The tenor and trombone frontline produced a great sound; at times reminiscent of Mingus. The solos too were superb. Smooth toned and mellow from trombone, fingerbusting flights of fancy from tenor sax and imaginative chording by leader Medboe on guitar. Good bass playing and some lovely sounds coming from the Icelandic lady's assortment of percussion instruments made this an evening that passed over far too quickly.
Earlier, the Ice Maiden had backed Marie-Claire who sang and accompanied herself on guitar.
In truth, I couldn't make out the words but she had a nice voice and the melodies were quite haunting.
Lance.

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