Contemporary Jazz Programme 03 Jun 2016
From living legends to the cream of New York club scene, Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival brings the best of contemporary sounds for serious jazz fans!
The Norwegian saxophonist and composer Jan Garbarek is perhaps the best known European Jazz musician of the last fifty years. His haunting sound has been a signature of the leading European record label, ECM, for that entire period, famously with his own groups; playing with Keith Jarrett, Ralph Towner and Zakir Hussain; and with the Gregorian chant of The Hilliard Ensemble. Nothing can prepare you for the sheer beauty and power of his saxophone tone: pure, keening; sharp-edged and crystalline, and hearing it in the context of his live group is quintessential Garbarek. They’ve not performed in Scotland for more than a decade, so we offer an excited welcome to pianist, Rainer Bruninghaus, bassist, Yaron Herman, and the superstar Indian percussionist, Trilok Gurtu.
The Rad Trads, from New York, are a hip vintage jazz and blues band who cover New Orleans Jazz; 1940s jump jive; rock and roll of the Elvis Presley era; Chicago and delta blues, with high energy, charismatic shows that inject new life into these classic tunes. Three powerful horns, a driving rhythm section, and three captivating lead vocalists.
The Rite of Spring and Jeux: The Musical Legacy of The Ballets Russes. A 2015 Festival hit, David Patrick’s “Rites of Spring” won critical and popular acclaim: “Spine-tingling in its power... it works, and brilliantly” (The Scotsman). This year he also debuts the world premiere of “Jeux”, Debussy's last orchestral masterpiece. Its ethereal, mystic quality with vivid orchestral colours and free musical associations are presented with a sympathetic jazz sensibility.
Snarky Puppy's keyboardist, and in-demand bandleader, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Cory Henry returns to his deep musical roots in gospel, jazz and soul and plays his instrument of choice — the Hammond B-3 organ. His powerful Trio create a new groove out of the old traditions. From gospel classics like “Precious Lord” to John Coltrane and Stevie Wonder.
“Bryan Carter personifies the word: finesse” (Kenny Barron). The top American drummer, in residence for the Festival, assembles a Quintet that follows his philosophy of timeless jazz qualities: swing and rhythmic groove; sharp, clever tunes; and crisp, punchy solos. His quintet features; Ruaridh Pattison, Sean Gibbs (trumpet), Emmet Cohen (piano), Brodie Jarive (bass) and of course Bryan Carter (drums).
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