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13,381 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 799 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (June 20).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Thu 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside 1:00pm).

Thu 24: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 25: Hot Club du Nord @ St Mary's Parish Hall, Barnard Castle. 7:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. + bf. A Barnard Castle Rotary Club event. POSTPONED!

Fri 25: Archipelago + Faith Brackenbury @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. & £8.00. Echoes to the Sky album launch. A GCT Jazz Club-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Fri 25 Alter Ego @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington (8:00pm). POSTPONED!

Sat 26: Tyne Valley Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham (3:45pm).

Sun 27: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 27: Noel Dennis Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. Advance booking essential: www.jazzcoop. A Jazz Co-op-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Friday, February 19, 2021

KSTV: Playback session, Charles Lloyd "Live in Copenhagen" - Feb. 19

Xhosa Cole (tenor sax/flute); Will Barry (piano); Will Sach (bass); Jas Kayser (drums).

(Screenshots by Ken Drew)

A Night in Copenhagen, to give the album its correct title, was recorded in 1983 and featured Charles Lloyd, Michel Petrucciani on piano, Palle Danielsson on bass and Woody Theus on drums. There were also a couple of Bobby McFerrin vocals on the album but, as presumably Jalen N'Gonda wasn't available, tonight was strictly instrumental.

The live stream began, as the album had finished, with Sweet Georgia Bright. A contrafact I guess although you would have had to dig deep to find the source if the title hadn't offered a clue. Night Blooming Jasmine was followed by Third Floor Richard. A beautiful intro by Sach who mustn't have been home for the last three nights or maybe Smitty's is his home. Xhosa blew flute on this one - nice ...

Jas had been attending to the business in her own sweet way but, cometh the hour cometh the woman, she exploded at great length when bringing in El Encanto. "Follow that" I said to my cat who replied "Me? How?" Well Daphne may have declined but the cats at Smitty's didn't and Xhosa did some more fluting that set the bar for any future flautists who dare to set foot on stage here.

Lady Day - a rather sumptuous ballad - had Will Barry and Xhosa in a  melancholic mood which befitted the subject of the composition.

Nothing melancholic about the final number - Lotus Land. Frantic is as frantic does was the order of the day. Cole playing notes many sax players never dreamed existed. Sach seemingly attempting to saw the bass in half, Barry sending out signals to have a team of piano tuners on standby whilst Jas drove them to the brink. And then, like the calm after the storm, it gradually became a thing of beauty finishing very low key which, paradoxically, meant it finished on a high.

Another good one.
Lance

1 comment :

Ken_D said...

"Me? How?" Nice one Lance !! A good set full of dynamics and energy. Also, enjoyed hearing some Blues played on a Flute :)

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