Tuesday, November 25, 2008

jazz binge (continued)

Neil Cowley Trio and Alec Dankworth's Spanish Accents @ Royal Festival Hall, 22nd November

My November London-Jazz-Festival-induced jazz binge continues unabated with this freebee live recording of Radio 3's Jazz Line Up programme introduced by Claire Martin, the Gabby Logan of Jazz.

Neil Cowley and the boys perform the fourth of their five gigs in 24 hours. Their selection is in turn funky, rhapsodic, virtuosic and (maybe?) Svensson-esque. Alec Dankworth reveals that the family's Spanish connections--hence these compositions--stem from the times he and sister Jacqui were left by their touring jazz-royal-family parents in the care of Spanish childminders who took them on holidays to their homeland and tutored them in the language. More recently it seems his wife has been completing a PhD in flamenco music. I like these tunes.

Going all out for critcal mass, I also picked out these jazz CDs from the public library at lunch time.

Next week: return of the indie guitar

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