Saxophonist Seamus Blake has relocated to Paris. With the worldly, it is not so far from where he was born – in London. But Blake grew up in Canada. And later went on to the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
And searched, of course, on to New York, where he not only made a name for himself as a tenorist in the forefront, but also came to be very sammanknippad with the city itself: its club scene with all the jam, the legendary Mingus Big Band, collaborations with pianist Kevin Hays and the formation of the funky grungejazzbandet Bloomdaddies.
Other american jazz musicians have made the journey before Blake. During the 50's and 60's there was talk sometimes of the risk it could mean losing contact with jazz's geographical epicenter. Today, is the issue more open; many believe that jazz-now burns like the strongest on the completely other direction than its former capitals of the united states.
the Truth is probably not so simple but rather a multi-faceted (and connected) effect of the internationalization of jazz. But in the case of this concert, it still feels as if Blake had needed to be challenged more, and in a way which can be described as typical of New York.
helfranska quartet with Tony Tixier on piano, Florent Nisse on double bass and Gautier Garrigue on the drums keeps the international class in general. But the music, mostly from the group's new album ”Guardian of the heart machine” is a pray - and hardbopbaserad history that hardly reflects the developments in Paris or the rest of Europe.
instead, appear to the French as well as follow Blake back to New York, but without really induce the trigger of his game such as Kevin Hays could do. Blake is very talented and can play with sincerity, but this time he may devote more time to encounter and wet than refine and excel.
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