― flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 9 February 2012 01:12 (2 years ago) Permalink
This sounds like it was an interesting gig
By JON PARELESPublished: April 20, 2012 Transformations, extrapolations and a few collisions were on the program when Paul Simon performed with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on Thursday night at the Rose Theater, part of a three-night fund-raising series. (With tickets costing hundreds of dollars, perhaps it was no coincidence that the first words Mr. Simon sang were “She’s a rich girl,” from “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes.”)
Mr. Simon and Wynton Marsalis performed and brought their bands together for a concert of Simon songs at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Mr. Simon, not usually one to cede control of his music, brought his own band to perform side by side with the Lincoln Center big band led by Wynton Marsalis. Mr. Marsalis noted that Mr. Simon was playing (and paying his band for) “three concerts for absolutely no money.”
It was all about arrangements, old and new: easing in and out of Mr. Simon’s usual band versions or completely revamping the songs. In the course of the night, the Lincoln Center band became a tag team, a beefed-up horn section, a new perspective and, now and then, a fifth wheel. As Mr. Simon sang, he breezed through the alterations to songs he has been singing for decades, toying with the timing of familiar lines to keep them conversational and immediate.
The program didn’t focus on the Simon songs closest to jazz; it didn’t include, for instance, the chromatic labyrinth of “Still Crazy After All These Years.” Instead it favored his folky and rock-tinged repertory, his three-chord marvels. Nearly all of the new arrangements were by the orchestra members, and they had a hard act to follow: Mr. Simon’s meticulous originals, with their ingenious cultural hybrids and ever nimble rhythms. His music is tightly wound, and within it are hints and implications that the big-band arrangements could pick up, and did.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 14:30 (1 year ago) Permalink
Guessing this event was too pricey for most NY ilmers (or they think Paul Simon is so overrated)
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 15:58 (1 year ago) Permalink
i'm sorry but wynton marsalis is so overrated
― Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 15:59 (1 year ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 17:27 (1 year ago) Permalink
i watced the bbc under african skies docu and it was dope as hell
― lag∞n, Monday, 27 August 2012 01:40 (1 year ago) Permalink
Thread of missing Alamac
― buzza, Monday, 27 August 2012 02:24 (1 year ago) Permalink