Having a very busy year and it’s only half over.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Jacco Gardner – Live at Soirèe de Poche – June 20, 2013 – RFI/Le Mouv’
A busy year so far for Jacco Gardner, whose latest album Cabinet of Curiosities has been getting a considerable amount of attention. Gardner has been touring extensively for most of this year so far and has been widening his fan base by leaps and bounds.
I’ve been running some of his concerts from earlier this year, but this latest one is a very small affair. Soirèe de Poche (or Evening Pocket in loose translation) is basically a club date in a house on the outskirts of Paris and has been popular with a lot of bands as a way to get up-close-and-personal with the audience. Frankly, it’s a great idea and the intimate setting is a kick for both the band and the crowd.
This session was recorded on June 20th of this year and broadcast early in August. In this stripped down atmosphere, free of whatever stage presentation a band uses, from elaborate to minimal, it showcases musical talent on its own terms – flying without a net, as it were. In the case of Jacco Gardner, it gives an opportunity for the audience to hear what he’s all about without having to wander through layers of production in order to find him.
The end result; it gives me an added admiration for his artistry, and an added dimension to go along with his recorded material. The best of what a musical experience is all about.
You’ll be hearing a lot more from him in the coming months – if you aren’t familiar, hit the play button and crank it up. And check him out when he hits the states in October.
A poet of strings.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Stephane Grappelli – Live At My Father’s Place – 2nd Show – March 19, 1978 – WNYC
The legendary Stephane Grappelli this weekend. Having grown up with the music of Django Reinhardt, hearing Stephane Grappelli always reminds me of the pile of 78s I used to listen to over and over again of the Quintette du Hot Club de France. How that music alone got me interested in what other people were doing musically around the world, and how influential the universal language of music was in bringing together cultures and ideas. How we all have benefitted from it. And still are.
This weekend it’s a club date at My Father’s Place in Old Roslyn, New York; the second set, recorded on March 19, 1978. Grappelli is joined by Diz Disley and John Etheridge on guitar and Milt Hinton on Bass.
The sentiment and approach have not changed all that much. But the point of view is so fresh and energetic that sweeping innovation isn’t necessary. Its elegance is timeless.
Definitely something to hang out with on a Sunday afternoon.
Now a National Treasure.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Sonny Rollins Trio – live in Aix-en-Provence – March 11, 1959 – Radio France International
Something special and historic this weekend. The legendary Sonny Rollins in one of his last appearances in 1959 before his self-imposed withdrawal from the scene for a period of introspection, regrouping and reappraisal. This one, a club date from Aix-en-Provence in France was fortunately recorded and later broadcast (and re-broadcast) by the venerable Radio France International on March 11, 1959.
Here’s who plays and what they play:
Sonny Rollins Trio – Live at Aix-en-Provence
01 Woody ‘n’ you
02 But not for me
03 Lady Bird
Sonny Rollins (sax)
Henry Grimes (b),
Kenny Clarke (dm)
SONYY ROLLINS TRIO
March 11, 1959,
Despite the seemingly short set of 3 numbers, they play for almost an hour. So there’s a lot of exploring going on. And of course, the audience didn’t want them leave. Sonny finally having to tell the fans “Je suis Fatiguè”.
And listening some 54 years later, I didn’t want it to end either.