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McCoy Tyner Septet, at the Barbican

Posted February 27, 2007

McCoy Tyner

Ticked off one of my life’s great missions: to finally get to see McCoy Tyner play live. I’ve missed the opportunity quite a few times, but he’s so important to me as a musician (what with the fact that he played on A Love Supreme for a start). Anyway, got a good seat to the performance, Barbican was ok… Last time (first time) I went there was to see Wayne Shorter at last year’s London Jazz Festival, and the sound was terrible. A bit better this time, but could still do with some work…

Anyway, enough about irrelevant technicalities, it was McCoy Tyner, omg!!!!11!!!1!!! The gig was some sort of tie-in to the Impulse records birthday thing that’s been going on for, what, quite a while now (??) inasmuch as: it was the McCoy Tyner trio, with the septet coming in to play a few ‘classic’ Impulse records tracks at the end…

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Boat-Ting, 5/2/07: Lol Coxhill / Steve Noble / John Edwards, and others

Posted February 9, 2007

The Yacht Club, on the River Thames, London Embankment

Yay, second time back (first time back) to the Boat Ting (or is it Boat-Ting?) club at the Yacht Club, London Embankment… On a boat, on the Thames, good music, excellent.
Once again, four groups / ensembles… Not quite as excellent a night as the first one; not really sure why… things were a little more sparse this time…

Steve Noble, Lol Coxhill, John Edwards
Last time, Steve Noble and John Edwards were playing with Alex Ward; this week they were joined by Lol Coxhill, forming a trio that I’d previously seen performing in the QEH foyer at last year’s London Jazz Festival. N+C+E are presumably a more formal group, since they’ll all be back again at Boat-Ting on 5th March…

Anyway… This was interesting, because the N+E+Ward group was really Hard, Rocking, Power… Lol Coxhill is a bit more meditative, I guess? A bit more rolling and developing rather than a continual onslaught of random, new ideas and directions; a completely different style of playing and music.

Steve Noble is my new favourite drummer, and I’ve seen him loads, now, in the last few months… (Well, ok, a few times.) I wrote about him briefly on here before… His arms are a constant flurry, dragging stuff off and on his kit, continually trying to produce new sounds… More of a drum-kit percussionist than straight-up drummer… He’s really fantastic and engaging to watch… You don’t have to just sit back and breathe it all in…!

John Edwards is always great… Is he the hardest working bassist in London? There haven’t been many times in the last few months when he hasn’t been playing… Perhaps I’m just picking obvious gigs to go to. In any case, he’s still a genius. Steve Noble is God; John Edwards is God too.

Lol Coxhill. I think I’ve seen him about four times, now? I don’t quite know what to make of it all, because he’s great, but difficult to pin down because his playing seems a lot more thoughtful than a lot of his contemporaries… That means his playing doesn’t really seem to instantly grab me as much as anyone else, but that’s probably a good thing and means he’s less full of tectonic tricks, a more intelligent (?) player. Anyway, I don’t know what I’m talking about… I need more Lol Coxhill records…

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