The 45th International Jazz Festival.
Globe Theatre, May 30.
Reviewed by Stephen Fisher.
While one of the hallmarks of the International Jazz Festival may be excellence, the one that often catches my attention the most is the originality of many of the acts, as world acclaimed artists take the local stage presenting highly unusual programmes.
As a case in point, last night, opening night, saw New York guitarist Steve Cardenas and bassoonist Paul Hanson in a line-up that also included Tom Warrington on bass and Lauren Ellis on drums, presenting a programme of little-known material.
Our unfamiliarity with the material allowed us to focus on the marvellous tone colours emanating from the stage, in combination and in solo situations. With a stage full of such virtuosity we could only marvel as instruments rivalled each other for the spotlight.
Truly amazing! A concert that could only expand our jazz perceptions, and isn't that what any festival is all about!
The support act for the evening was the 101 Lab Band, the popular 18-piece guitar ensemble returning to the festival line-up following last year's popularity.
They played another marvellous selection, even featuring the visiting guitarist Steve Cardenas as soloist, a programme which could only have won them more supporters from the admiring crowd.
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