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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Brass Jaw @ The Lit and Phil, Thursday Nov. 3 - take 2.

Paul Towndrow (alto sax), Konrad Wiszniewski (tenor), Allon Beauvoisin (baritone) ; Ryan Quigley (trumpet)
Strange wriggles from the ghosts of book worms,
In a flickering gaslight shadow play,
The theatrical Mr Bream pounds his gavel 
And the curtain rises with a bluesy
Comin' Home Baby feel
Like a Chinese lantern, casting shadows
On the bookcases, seen through the windows 
Of a murder mystery mansion,
Here you'll find FICTION, M-P
And here, FACT, Aardvark-Brass Jaw.

Like voyeurs of this illicit performance, we watch

As they search between the all-hallowed shelves,
Choosing books of alchemy - formulae to transpose
Brass into gold - the trumpet of Ryan Quigley
Hits a high trill with screaming panache,
Trick or treat? Yikes!

This is the first date of their UK tour,
I scribble down notes as fast as they play them,
They're fast alright, such high energy arrangements,
Like Neutrinos defying Einstein's theory of relativity,
Yet much more entertaining than the laws of physics,
As Paul's composition String Theory suggests,This quartet cannot be defied!

They arrange and re-arrange the standards furniture
With a firey Bruce Lee form of Feng Shui:
It Aint Necessarily So, Drive My Car,
Jo Zawinul's Walk Tall and the challenging Zappa composition
Peaches En Regalia, a tough fruit to eat without a juicy squirt!

Their own compositions are also well inspired, arranged
With such wit and wisdom as should be expected in
The library of the Literary & Philosophical Society:
I Like You - Ryan's warm embracing composition
Chimes convincingly like four part bells - he really means it!

Siddhartha - Konrad's only composition on the new album
- is a great philosophical opener Two words in Sanskrit, siddha (achieved) + artha (meaning)

Which together mean
"He who has found the meaning of existence"
Yes, caught dipping into Wikipedia,
But I did read the Hermann Hesse novel once
And this piece really is the journey of a generous spirit

Set 2 defies the laws of Jazz North East raffles
The tickets are in Wes's hat but hark, what haunting
Sound from yonder trumpet balcony breaks?!
Spectral saxes wail a lament from the depths
Of the literary maze - two players stand before us 
While the others, their plaintive calls lost 
In the Geography section!

Allon's Flat Pack Frog hops confidently across a busy road
Dodging the traffic - it's a game of chance,
Can't bear to look, shut your eyes - but it's too late - splat!
The Well Dented Clavicle - no apologies to JSB - gives
Paul the floor with his story of Rugby woe,
The piece plays like adrenalin chasing pain down the nervous
System of a Fly Half with a broken collarbone - or was he a winger!

We all enjoyed Allon's Rochester Rumble which had us late,
Chasing across town to a NY Jazz Festival gig in
A Cathedral - a lilting Latin rhythm gives us an added sense of
Urgency! Get out the way asshole! You're twisting my baritone man!

Of course there had to be an encore - well deserved -
A Brass Jaw arrangement of Georgie Fame's Sunny
To light our way home.

I bought the new album, Branded - I'm listening to it now,
A reminder of another good-humoured, genuinely entertaining
Jazz event at The Lit & Phil, where the crinkled pages
Of a hundred thousand books
Straightened up and flew right!

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George M.

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