Allen Toussaint @ the Village Vanguard and Sorin’s movie
Saw the late set of Allen Toussaint’s The Bright Mississippi band at the Village Vanguard on Tuesday. I really liked Christian Scott’s sound and and dynamics + some nice burning lines :D, but actually I wasn’t so much into the whole thing this time – maybe I’m not American enough? It was good though, heard Marc Ribot for the first time, I will definitely check him out in the future. The arrangements were really nice, I liked the sound of trumpet and clarinet blending together. I could imagine myself chilling out on a hot Southern afternoon just having the blues :) at that concert. The way Allen Toussaint sang the last couple of tunes (some lyrics were by Paul Simon) would definitely sell records in America, I can imagine.
Then I saw a movie by Sorin called “The Window” at the Film Forum at West Village. It was thought-provoking especially because the whole theme was kind of a mix of things that don’t go together – an old guy, sick in bed in an empty yellow room with sun shining outside the window with a view over blooming fields, an old bottle of champagne that has been waiting for years to be finally opened when the world-famous pianist son would at last come to visit his father, and a piano tuner downstairs tuning the piano for hours and hours, casually making a move on the maids and housekeepers while working on the piano. I think life is often a mix of things that don’t really go together, that may be really funny sometimes, in that movie the inappropriateness turned out as poetry. I didn’t really like the movie as much as it sounds now, but it was quite inspiring still.
Then I also checked out the famous Jazz Record Store on 26th St and 8th Av – in an apartment building with no big signs to catch the eye from the outside – you just have to know where you’re heading. I didn’t really have time to see the selection that they have there, I guess one could spend days checking out the stuff.