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Anyone else going to see Sonny at the Barbican, London this Saturday? See you there!
HiSaxplayer67 said:Anyone else going to see Sonny at the Barbican, London this Saturday? See you there!
I have updated my avitar with my goodselfSaxplayer67 said:Well, Itspman, you know what I look like from my avatar - no, that brass thing isn't glued to my face! How about a pic of you?
Would you believe, I have only seen the following 'name' saxophonists live:-docformat said:I'll be there.
I'm going with my disabled father-in-law so we'll be sitting in the wheelchair section - basically the gangway halfway up the hall - so I should be easy to spot.
BTW I saw Enrico Ravva (trumpet) and Stefano Bollani (piano) there last night. Terrific gig - check em out.
I totaly agree with you about David Sanborn at Ronnies, I saw him a couple of years back and he was charging £45 a ticket and that included a meal which I thought was execlent value, this year he wanted £75 and that was without food. Not sure if its him or Ronnies but unfortunately I didnt go.Saxplayer67 said:Would you believe, I have only seen the following 'name' saxophonists live:-
Branford Marsalis (six times - met him after the fifth but corresponded a few times), Sonny Rollins (this is fifth time, as I said), David Sanborn (once - couldn't afford his last couple of visits to Ronnies!), John Dankworth (twice - second time had good chat with him). Also there was Soweto Kinch as support for Sanborn - I hated Kinch, I was tempted to walk out til he'd finished!
Now I'm curious, I don't know anything about this cat other than he's trying to do a sort of hip hop/jazz fusion sort of thing. Is that what turned you off or was it something about his playing? The samples I've heard online seem to vary quite a bit depending on which of his CDs they're from.itspman said:As for Kinch total agree - absoultely dreadful stuff
When I saw him at the Sanborn concert, Kinch's slot consisted of him playing a few licks on his alto - very poor tone and technique, IMO - and then most of the time rapping. His trumpeter friend rapped along with him holding the trumpet but didn't use it at all! And the crowd thought it was amazing, cheering and all the rest which confirms my suspicion - most people who attend concerts are just sycophants. Sanborn could have come out and played Three Blind Mice using wrong notes and the crowd would have still cheered and whooped it up.cleger said:Now I'm curious, I don't know anything about this cat other than he's trying to do a sort of hip hop/jazz fusion sort of thing. Is that what turned you off or was it something about his playing? The samples I've heard online seem to vary quite a bit depending on which of his CDs they're from.
To be honest, I wouldn't be able to sit through a Sanborn performance so maybe we're just coming from different places.
You shouldn't feel inhibited by that opinion. It's a recurrent theme in the Sonny threads here in the past.RootyTootoot said:But, for me, the band was not so good. I've got more to say but if i do i'll probably start to rant. I'd be interested to hear what others thought.
Rooty, his band, apart from some personnel changes and the dropping of the pianist in recent years is about the same as it's been the last five times I've seen him at the Barbican (this was number five and number three for Katharine, my fiance). Performance-wise also about the same - they back Sonny up and are more background.RootyTootoot said:Back from my road trip.
Ok. I'll kick off. The concert itself was a very mixed experience for me. It was deeply moving to see Sonny play live (he's always been and still is one of my very favourite players) and there was a great sincerity in his playing. But, for me, the band was not so good. I've got more to say but if i do i'll probably start to rant. I'd be interested to hear what others thought. The concert ended with a standing ovation, BTW.