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However in a composition of widely varying dynamics the storm suggested in the title erupted in a climactic squall from the two horns before the tune concluded with a mournfully peaceful coda.
He was followed by the thoughtful, undemonstrative Hallberg on guitar and finally Larsson on tenor sax. The saxophonist is an inventive and sometimes powerful player. She can blow the hell out of a saxophone if she really puts her mind to it but the quality of her writing ensures that there is plenty of room for subtlety too. The ELG were just too loud and confrontational for the well heeled crowd and a hotel management that was looking for something Album) closer to smooth jazz.
ELG have been together for five years and although, in true jazz fashion, the members are also involved in a host of other projects, this is nonetheless a regular working group and it shows. There is a real musical chemistry between the five musicians and an assuredness that comes from sustained and regular gigging. The interaction between Larsson and Persson is exceptional and the flexible and intelligent rhythm team accompany them with aplomb. Expect to hear a lot more from these talented young Scandinavians as they reach out towards the international stage.
Phronesis are led by double bassist Jasper Hoiby a Copenhagen born musician and composer now based in London. Not that Phronesis are lacking in intellectual rigour or improvisational gristle.
This is a band having serious musical fun. Today was therefore my first sighting of Eger who proved to be Mornington - Elin Larsson Group - Live And Alive (CD as talented as his illustrious dep and something more of a showman.
Crop haired, he bristled with attitude and was clearly fully attuned to the Phronesis spirit of musical daring. The acclaim Phronesis have attracted ensured that this gig was a total sell out and the tented venue was almost unbearably hot and stuffy. Phronesis played virtually all the tunes that are featured on their new live album.
Phronesis is a band capable of considerable subtlety and for what is essentially a piano trio they embrace a wide dynamic range, deploying many of the methods used by E.
This is an intensely rhythmic band and the leader provided the anchor for some delightfully detailed drumming from Eger, his agile stick work utilising all facets of his kit. The drummer himself then featured with a fiery solo that had the crowd baying for more. I walked briskly to the Market Hall to see something completely different, Brecon is all about variety after all. This was US blues veteran Charlie Musselwhite who I remember seeing at the same venue at the festival.
On that occasion Musselwhite had the late night party slot and the hall was a sea of dancers, including myself. Now at 5. Seated at the back of the hall due to my comparatively late arrival I was very grateful for the video screens which gave me a good overview of the musical detail for writing purposes and which increased my involvement as a pure music fan. Musselwhite is one of the great white American bluesmen, his accomplished harmonica playing and authoritative singing earning him the full respect of his black peers.
He was recently inducted in to the Blues Hall of Fame, an honour that is well deserved and hard earned. Bassist Mike Phillips and drummer June Core produce grooves that are right in the pocket and in guitarist Matt Stubbs Musselwhite has a right hand man of enormous talent.
His harp solo was probably his best of the night. His brief but cogent harmonica features and accomplished self accompaniment proved that he can still play when he wants to. Nonetheless the craggy Musselwhite is an assured and charismatic front-man and a true blues legend. I always like to support Welsh musicians when I make my annual pilgrimage to Brecon.
They were augmented by the twin violins of Simon Thorne and Sianed Jones who also sang plus the piano and accordion of the experienced and versatile Huw Warren. This unusual octet had been work-shopping all week and this was only the second time this music had been heard in public, thus making the event almost a unique occasion. The material for the octet set was largely through composed and sometimes suffered from the air of stiffness and formality that sometimes surrounds this type of project.
Nevertheless there was still much to enjoy with this unusual combination of instruments producing some intriguing textures and arrangements. This was a concert of great moments rather than a satisfyingly homogenised performance. Announcements were handled, in both Cyrmraeg and Saisneg by Sianed Jones who had also contributed wordless singing to the first piece.
The piece also heralded the first contribution from Susso on the kora, his playing an African variant on the strains of the Welsh harp. The third piece opened with a duet between Truffaz on trumpet and Jones on vocals, the singer exploring the kind of territory occupied by the likes of Julie Tippetts who was also appearing at the festival in a Mornington - Elin Larsson Group - Live And Alive (CD with pianist husband Keith and Maggie Nichols.
With Truffaz deploying looping effects the octet flirted with the avant garde before settling into a rousing passage of almost big band swing featuring the wordless vocals of Sianed Jones.
In a sprawling, kaleidoscopic piece we then heard from the twin violins of Jones and Thorne with Goodall tying up the proceedings by soloing on alto. Susso complemented his timeless melodies with percussive effects that utilised the body of his instrument.
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Five years after the start of her studies she presented her debut album 'Live and Alive'. For this successful CD she received the Swedish Radio Jazz Award "Newcomer of the Year ". In the same year she was the first tenor saxophonist performing with the prestigious European Jazz Orchestra. Since then the career of Elin goes steeply uphill.
Mar 06, · Provided to YouTube by Redeye Worldwide Lothlórien · Elin Larsson Group Live and Alive ℗ Elin Larsson Released on: Artist: Elin Larsson Group Auto-generated by YouTube. Five years after the start of her studies she presented her debut album 'Live and Alive'. For this successful CD she received the Swedish Radio Jazz Award "Newcomer of the Year ". In the same year she was the first tenor saxophonist performing with the prestigious European Jazz Orchestra. Since then the career of Elin goes steeply uphill.
Whereas the group's Live And Alive (Self Produced, ) was a more introverted, tender and surprisingly mature debut, Let You In is far more open and curious. With two albums under its collective belt, Elin Larsson Group has a long musical future ahead of it in which to explore and polish its sound.
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