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Posted on February 27th, 2006 in Concerts, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, New York Times, Review | Tags: concerts, jazz at lincoln center, jazz at lincoln center orchestra, new york times, review
“Central Avenue Breakdown”, Wynton and LCJO last concert at Rose Theater, has been reviewed by the New York Times and by All Abuot Jazz.com
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It was a blast Saturday night 2-25!
In the first half, we were treated to a selection of LA composers which gave us a little taste of the various beauties that came from the “left” cool and warm coast!
Lionel Hampton, when he was still a drummer with “Jack the Bellboy”, a nice jumper and tightly executed, then one or two tunes (which I did not catch the titles). We had the privilege to “go to the movie” with Mr. Mancini’s “Pink Panther” and his Master Plas Johnson, with his fat tenor sound and soulful inflections. I would have happily take more of his expressive escapades.
Then we went into a “cooler” sound with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker “Bernie’s Tune”. Terry Gibbs had us with “Fatman”. Ted Nash, from a long established LA musicians family and now with the LCJO, gave us the beautiful moody original entitled “Sisters”, with his own tasty solo. The first half finished with Stan Kento joking title “A concerto to end all concertos”!
Overall the execution was tight and balanced, and the selection only opened your appetite for more (may be at a later time?).
But in the second part, we were taken on one of the most beautiful colorful and lively ride that big band music can give you, with the huge sophisticated creative mind of Gerald Wilson, now 87 years old going for 60!,playing his music spanning the last 40 years. His rich harmonies (8 parts instead of the usual 4 as he told us in the lecture that same afternoon), combined with different lines going on creatively at the same time, showed us awesomeness in its UTMOST magnificence!!!!!
Then a Matador tune “Viva Tirado”, and a tune for each of his daughters, “Jeri”, “Terry” and “Nancy Jo”. Maestro Wilson was conductin the orchestra with his hands like if they were rackets, and the orchestra was a tennis ball. He got them tightly roaring and they seem to be going in perfect symbiosis with the intensity desired. A regal of mastery in the execution of rich and musical dareness. What a blast!
On a spanish inspired tune, “Carlos” (for a Mexican matador), Mr. Marsalis happily obliged Maestro Wilson with total trumpet bravado and musical creativity in sync with the “bull” ;-), and with unexpected and even more potent glissandos to or from (sorry I don’t remember) the high hills of the trumpet register (outstanding, 10 ……..stars).
we were then transported to the Monterey Jazz Festival with the two awesome commissioned anniversary pieces he wrote (which brought him two Grammys if I recall correctly).
Another commissioned tune for a California University, and his latest “Blues for Manhattan” recently recorded in New York.
We got beautiful solos throughout the concert, from Marcus Printup, Dan Nimmer (leaning toward being demented at times!), Ted Nash and Ryan Kysor (who sounded a little shy). Shoter ones included Vincent Gardner, Victor Goines, Joe Temperly (even AWEsome sound), Walter Blanding and a sub trombone player (sorry no name was mentioned!).
Please do yourself a favor and be selfish! Tell your friends that, if they don’t want to die ignorant, they ought to listen to Gerald Wilson inventions. If they don’t and if YOU don’t, you will truly be missing out on one of the WONDER of the WORLD!!!! Yes I really MEAN that!!! It is like not having seen the Grand Canyon at sunrise and sunset. A symphony of sounds letting us in the sophistication of musical human imagination and feelings, versus a symphony of colors.
What a treat that was! When I got out of there, I felt privileged to have experienced in my flesh and bones, this Grand First Class Musical Escapade by a true master. Thank you Mr. Wilson. Like somebody said as I was walking out of the building, What a Gem!
Thank God it was recorded.
— From Frederique on Mar 15th, 2006 at 2:44am
You waited so long to post your review. So much time spent soaking it all in, absorbing it and the result is a wonderful and deeply moving tribute to the music and the artists who performed that night. Music/art does touch the soul; it really does let us know we are human and capable of beautiful things. Thank you for renewing this feeling in me again today. Your words are so inspiring.
— From Jurzy Girl on Mar 15th, 2006 at 10:15am
oh ouah, thank you, you are going to make me blush JG. Yes I was thinking about it, but mostly I was buzzzy, but could not let it go and forget about it. I do apologize for my delay.
— From Frederique on Mar 15th, 2006 at 7:08pm
Where can I get a recording of the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra doing “Jack the Bellboy”?
— From Carahallie Morzaht on Apr 17th, 2009 at 9:48pm
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