[JPL] Re: A Jazz Rock Fan Speaks Out
EdBride at aol.com
EdBride at aol.com
Mon Jul 31 11:34:16 EDT 2006
Those reading (or at least contributing to) this thread, especially those
here in the northeast, may be interested in tonight's performance at Tanglewood.
Here's a message I shared with the Kenton group (thereby explaining Peter
Erskine's reference to Stan, at the end).
Now, I admit that I don't know the piece, but I'm guessing that it will come
closer to rock and classical than to rock and Jazz, and I look forward to
finding out. Peter is one of my all-time favorite drummers, is committed to Jazz
education, and can play any genre and any meter. I've never seen anyone
enjoy his work as much as Peter Erskine, except maybe Randy Jones.
The appearance of Peter Erskine's name on the roster for the current
Tangelewood Festival of Contemporary Music caught my attention. He will be
performing on Monday, July 31, and here's what he says about the piece:
The piece is titled "Blood on the Floor," composed by Mark-Anthony
Turnage, a British composer of great note and skill. First performed it back
1996 with John Scofield and the contemporary chamber group "Ensemble Modern"
... an 80 minute work in 9 movements, lots of room for improvisation as well
as written ensemble stuff ... size of the orchestra totals approx 45 (20
strings, piano, harp, 2 percussion, 2 trumpets, 2 French horns, 2x
flutes/basson/flutes/basson/<WBR>oboe/clarinet, plus tuba, euphonium,
trombone, 2 sax
soloists, including Dave Carpenter on bass, myself on drums, John Paricelli
on guitar and Martin Robertson on soprano and alto sax); conducted by Stefan
Ansbury (some of these names are Brits) — he did the performances of
"Scorched" by the same composer, again
featuring Sco and myself plus John Patitucci with the Scottish Chamber
Orchestra in Februray ... also with joe Lovano ...)
Turnage is writing the best contemporary music, in my opinion, for this
jazz-meets-classicajazz-meets-classica<WBR>l thing ... doing it in Lenox,
music was researched./music was researched./<WBR>discovered and advanced in t
related to Stan's quest, in some way. "Music for Moderns" !
In any event, the music IS modern, but also quite lyrical, and makes for an
impressive evening of listening. Good fun to play and hear ... and the
ensemble of "Fellows" here at Tanglewood is most impressive. Am heading off
2nd rehearsal with the group.
Kindest and best regards to you and the Kentonia group...
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