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John Surman with John Abercrombie, Drew Gress and Jack DeJohnette @ Birdland

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John Surman, Drew Gress, John Abercrombie and Jack DeJohnette @ Birdland

John Surman, Drew Gress, John Abercrombie and Jack DeJohnette @ Birdland

Got a lucky invitation to see a show @ Birdland – John Surman – baritone and soprano sax, John Abercrombie on guitar, Drew Gress – bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums. It was an ECM Records CD release Celebration. Was great to see Jack DeJohnette live, finally! And I like Drew Gress a lot. It’s ridiculous how hard to please I’ve become in New York – I guess lately I enjoy all the new and modern stuff most.  But I do love going to Birdland for free. Still, the best part of the evening was that I actually met a role-model for myself 😀 Was really inspiring to see someone with same kind of attitude and lifestyle – enjoying life in a cultural and tasteful way – and he’s a pro :D.

Went for drinks in the East Village later on. Found the Charlie Parker Residence.

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Written by Ines

September 4, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Tim Hagans Quintet featuring John Abercrombie, Marc Copland, Drew Gress and Billy Hart @ Birdland

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Tim Hagans Quintet @ Birdland

Tim Hagans Quintet @ Birdland

I almost thought I was going to miss hearing Tim Hagans (trumpet), John Abercrombie (guitar), Drew Gress (bass), Marc Copland (piano), Billy Hart (drums) @ Birdland, because of the cover charges. But by a strange coincidence somebody actually invited me – and there I was, premium seated eating steamed popcorn shrimp (really delicious) and drinking bottles of chardonnay. The concert really was as unmissable as the lineup was promising it to be. That was a great example of a good jazz group – everybody being so different, free to be the unique individual that they are and in the same time still be perfectly together. The only other occasion this might also happen, to such great exent, is in a family, I guess. John Abercrombie’s guitar sound is just incredible, something magical about it. One of my favorite moments was when Tim Hagans and John Abercrombie played duo, as an intro to one of the songs  – that was almost just as beautiful as Freddie Hubbard and George Benson on Here’s That Rainy Day (on the album Straight Life).  They played some originals, might have been Marc Copland’s songs and they did a really beautiful version of You Don’t Know What Love Is. Some  killin’ drum solos by Billy Hart. I really enjoyed the concert! If you have money, Birdland is a great place to spend it.

Written by Ines

July 12, 2009 at 8:18 pm