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Sunday, November 17, 2013

London Jazz Festival: Andy Champion and Chris Sharkey - Way in to The Way Out. @ Queen Elizabeth Hall November 16

Andy Champion (bs gtr); Chris Sharkey (gtr).
For me this was almost a Splinter @ The Bridge gig except the Geordie Duo played only briefly chosing instead to talk about their influences and how they got into jazz moving from Heavy Metal Rock to Jazz Fusion and eventually discovering the past of this great genre. Using recorded examples they cleverly segued a contemporary piece by ACV (I think), Mingus and ODJB. It was done so well you hardly noticed the joins. This to demonstrate that jazz despite the mode has always worked on the principle of improvisation.
The two raconteurs discussed the major contributors up to Bebop and beyond which is where I had to leave. Not because of any personal bias but because I had to get cross town to the Barbican and time was running out.
Done with much humour this, the first session of a two-parter, could well become a feature at Festivals throughout the UK.
Imagine if Ant and Dec had been jazzers and you've got a taste...
Part Two tonight including a performance by Shiver.
Lance

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

the talk should have been called 'andy tells people about his musical preference'

Anonymous said...

how can you do a 'personalised history of jazz' (LJF programme) without telling people about your musical preference?

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