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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Gilad Atzmon and Strings - The Sage, Gateshead.

Gilad Atzmon (alt/sop/clt), Frank Harrison (pno), Yaron Stavi (bs), Eddie Hick (dms). Sigamos String Quartet. This was more than just a re-creation of the legendary Bird with Strings albums from the 1950s - it was much much more. Admittedly Gilad paid lip-service to Charlie Parker inasmuch as he faithfully re-produced the themes and the string voicing was more or less as per the original but in-between he was very much his own man. He soared with Birdlike fluency on numbers such as "Just Friends", ""Everything Happens To Me", "I Didn't Know What Time It Was", "What Is This Thing Called Love" and "April In Paris" or "April In Gateshead" as he re-titled the Vernon Duke classic. However, there was also the other trademarks we have come to expect from Gilad - the World Music blasts on soprano and clarinet, the ethnic chanting and the humour. Let's not forget the humour. His laid back delivery was worthy of any stand-up comic. "Charlie Parker was born in Hartlepool." Pause for the audience to digest this preposterous statement then, "He wasn't born in Hartlepool, he actually came from Kansas City but it doesn't matter. Hartlepool, Kansas City, they're both the same!" The inevitable political edges also crept in but what counted above all else was the music and his fantastic alto playing. The Sigamos Strings - 2 violins, viola and cello - led by Ros Stephen did what was asked of them expertly and professionally joining in the spirit of things by adding their voices to some of Gilad's Turkish incantations. Drummer, Eddie Hick, was superb and piano and bass filled in the cracks. It was one grand evening. Earlier, in the Barbour Room, a jam session saw Claude Werner, Ben Gilbert, Lawrence Blackadder and some students from the afternoon workshop with Gilad strut their stuff. Harley Johnson played "Softly As in a Morning Sunrise", Fiona Littlewood and Nicola Weaver did "Doxy" and my good friend Ann Alexander, making a rare departure from the world of Folk, sang "Summertime". Photos from Jam Session.
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