All these posts full of pictures are turning this blog into an image fest, which is OK for the moment, I guess. But the real intent is to provide some reflections on or reactions to the music. So if you are dropping in for a look at the images, you’re welcome back in a day or so when I catch up with the other task associated with this blog — writing.
Tony Gould Trio
I headed for Chapel Off Chapel anticipating that Stephen Magnusson’s quartet would be up first and at the break I would scoot across to the Malvern Town Hall for Old and New Dreams with Don Burrows and Allan Browne. But, as seems inevitable, I had it wrong again. Magnusson’s mob was on second, so I stayed where I was and enjoyed this performance by three people who are lovers of — and among the finest exponents of — beautiful music.
Two notes of note: Overheard at the end of the set by Tony Gould on piano, Imogen Manins on cello and Gianni Marinucci on flugelhorn were these words: “Well, that was very restful jazz music. I was almost asleep.” Another comment, in the form of a question, in the foyer: “Was that jazz? Did it include improvisation?” (My answer, was “yes” to the second query and “it does not matter” to the first.)
But I don’t always like beautiful music. Or, more accurately, I find that absolutely beautiful music is absolutely wonderful to experience, but not always satisfying for that long. That’s a personal thing. If I’m in the mood, it can be sublime, but I often want at least some, and often quite a lot of, music that is spiky, jarring, challenging, dissonant, provocative … the list could go on.
Enough palaver. There was a great deal to appreciate in the Gould/Manins/Marinucci set. But more of that later. For the moment I will add a few images, so they can be borrowed for use by Miriam Zolin, if she is still blogging in the small hours.
Tony Gould, Imogen Manins and Gianni Marinucci
Stephen Magnusson Quartet
I will be waxing lyrical about this set, which had some real highlights.
Frank Di Sario
That’s enough for now. More soon…