September can be beautiful. Sunday the 18th was a beautiful day in Brooklyn with sun and cool temperatures. Even so, a dedicated group of jazz aficionados still took to the dimly lit backroom of Barbés to enjoy what turned into an inspired afternoon of mostly jazz with classical music inspiration.
Here were the themes the presenters had to work with:
a) I know you got soul! Bring your most heart wringing, emotion pulling tracks. We want to feel it.
b) Classical-ish. Selections should be music that either uses instrumentation or techniques typical to the classical genre. Chamber groups, Third Stream, strings, etc.
c) Mangled covers. Well known songs that get the Picasso treatment.
Sometimes you can tell what will be the most popular theme. The group definitely fell into the classically inspired / third wave theme. There were, however, a couple different takes and thoughts on what works most successfully when bringing classical forms or classically trained musicians to work with those of jazz.
Once again, all the selections were done as blindfold tests.
On with the show…
1. Billy Childs – “A Man Chasing the Horizon” from Autumn: In Moving Pictures (Artists Share, 2010)
Presented by Joel Harrison – Theme: B – CD