Ferran Savall offers a unique creative project; a selection of snapshots that appear and disappear in the musical performance, in the improvisation. An unrepeatable musical experience shared with the audience. The intimacy of sincerity and the spontaneity of creation. Mediterranean exoticism and music from all around the world.
These performances come from a vintage TV broadcast and its technical image quality is not perfect. The group on this outstanding DVD was probably the second greatest Miles Davis Quintet ever assembled, the first being the unit with John Coltrane, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb. However, their filmed output is limited to merely four performances: three tunes from a Steve Allen show taped on September 10 and 11, 1964, the present Milan concert and the two European concerts already documented on our companion volume "European Tour 1967" (IJ518). When this Milan concert was recorded, the band had just recently formed.
Cette année là, notre compteur affiche un nombre vertigineux d'heures passées à nous laisser bercer par le bourdonnement du didgeridoo de Stephen Kent. Si certains morceaux comme impro évoquent inévitablement le carnet de route de Romano, Sclavis et Texier, la nature même de la section rythmique (percussions, didgeridoo) permet à l'ensemble de s'en émanciper. Michel Portal retrouve ici un vieux complice: Mino Cinelu (turbulence, men's land).
With Lighthouse, saxophonist Tim Garland, pianist Gwilym Simcock and percussionist Asaf Sirkis make the move to completely egalitarian collective. It's also the first album to feature the trio without any additional guests. Garland's Lighthouse Trio first came together on the saxophonist's If the Sea Replied (Sirocco, 2005), an ambitious song cycle that—in addition to including mates from his impro-folk Lammas and Acoustic Triangle, which by that time also featured Simcock—was scored for members of the Northern Sinfonia Orchestra.
In the late 1940s, Louis Armstrong disbanded his orchestra and returned to the small group format, resulting in the birth of his legendary "All Stars" band.
In its original incarnation, it was a truly all-star quintet, which boasted the great Earl Hines, Jack Teagarden, Barney Bigard and Sidney Catlett as its other members. Sustaining a group that included so many former leaders was not easy, and although the name remained, the components changed. This 1962 concert at Stockholm, for instance, presents none of the original members except for Louis himself. The band members proved effective accompanists for the group's primary star. Most of them were well known jazz figures.
This jazz-themed performance release travels back to June 13, 1980 at Stockholm's famous Jazz and Blues Festival, where The Gerry Mulligan Quartet (comprised of baritone sax player Mulligan, bassist Peter Axelsson, drummer Ronnie Gardener and pianist Don Trenner) headline a live set before an enthusiastic festival audience.