It's causing John's computer to crash. Repeatedly.
It should be the name of a band really...
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Drums, Guitar, noise over Sci-Fi B-Movies... genius!
It's that boy Corsano again...
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Fear of Jazz? More like fear of becoming a stalker....
Last night I saw Chris Corsano perform once again, at The Pool bar in Shoreditch, at the 'Fear Of Jazz' night. Once again he was amazing. Each time I see him he seems to have developed a little bit more in his style and what he's playing. His ability to generate a rhythm and then make it flow and develop in ever more complex ways, bouncing off the drums and modifying them to make the subtlest changes in sound, evolving it and driving it on. See for yourself in the clips below.
He's not always on top form, and if you were unfortunate enough to attend the previous nights performance when he played with Noah Howard, Evan Parker and John Edwards can attest to. I held such high hopes for this, having seen Corsano and Edwards do a blinding performance at the LMC Festival in December, it was horrible to see the restraint from Corsano as every time he and Edwards broke out they were interrupted by Howard bringing it back to New Orleans. I'd really liked to have seen if Parker, Howard and Corsano were left to their own devices that night.
I might start to get perceived as a Corsano stalker at this rate, as I've now seen him perform 9 or 10 times in the last year. Next time is The Flower-Corsano Duo next month. But hey, when you get the chance to see an amazing performer do loads of events in your neighbourhood (well, London) you have to, in the words of Noah Howard: 'support your local geniuses!'
Rest In Peace.
Alice Coltrane, astral jazz composer, dies at 69
Alice Coltrane, the jazz performer, composer and widow of saxophonist John Coltrane, has died at 69 of respiratory failure. For nearly 40 years Coltrane had been the keeper of her husband's musical legacy following his death from liver disease in 1967. A pianist and organist, Alice Coltrane was noted for her astral compositions and for bringing the harp on to the jazz bandstand. She died in hospital in California on Friday. Her albums included Ptah the El Daoud and A Monastic Trio. She played her last gigs in the autumn with her son, Ravi.Associated Press in Los Angeles
Trouser shaking feedback and synthesizer experimentation.
Romero's performance was particularly impressive to me; beautiful resonating sounds, played with the calm of a scientist conducting an experiment - in this case on the audience, and a great deal of nonchalance, a quiet confidence in what he was doing was going to be very loud and very impressive.
Susanna was the highlight of last nights Rune Grammofon showcase at Cargo, having the audience totally wrapped around her finger, the room filled with anticipation from the audience with her every utterance. The video clips below don't do her justice.
She was followed by In The Country who were disappointing. Whilst there was the chance of them really working, especially given Morten Qvenild's performance with Susanna (he's the Magical Orchestra) they simply failed to gel and really 'do it'. The music seemed a bit too tired and predictable, save for odd moments where it came together.
Last up were Supersilent who I had great hopes for, and did at points really live up to them. There performance rose into some really amazing crescendos, some real tightness and the improvisation going on was strong, but at times it felt flat in between.
Overall an excellent night, only faulted by the incredible noise the bar staff managed to make over the intimate performance of susanna. Cargo really isn't a venue I rated highly, and each time it seems a little bit worse.