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Monday, November 18, 2013

London Jazz Festival: Wayne Shorter Quartet + BBC Concert Orchestra @ The Barbican November 17.

Wayne Shorter (sop/ten); Danilo Pérez (pno);  John Patitucci (bs); Brian Blade (dms) + (second set) BBC Concert Orchestra.
Another crowded Barbican, another legend, another triumph? Well maybe, maybe not.
The first set was very much along the lines of his Blue Note CD Without a Net. The same line-up, and a lot of the fire represented in the exciting album that brought the 80 year old back into the front-line of contemporary jazz was re-created here. Already I know several authoritative figures see this as the album of the year and on this performance I can understand them. It is a good album and this set reinforced the opinions.
If only it had ended there!.
Enter the BBC Concert Orchestra.
A wonderful orchestra, but not a jazz orchestra - contrast this with Guy Barker and his classical players. Nevertheless, they did a good job given the material but, and I'm sure I'm going to be hung, drawn and quartered next time I'm in town, to me this was on a par with Bix and Paul Whiteman. After hearing a cracking first set then to have all this quasi-jazz thrust upon me diluted the content. There are times when Serious can be too serious! Although in fairness it has to be said they have produced one of the world's great jazz festivals - and they're producing another one at Sage Gateshead next April.
Lance.

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