Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Sax and the City
We dropped into one of the many London Word Festival events last Friday - Avant Noir 'A night of criminal fiction, comic art and music of a darker hue'. An evening that saw four contemporary crime writers reading extracts from their late night tales to a live music soundtrack from contemporary jazzers.
Ray Banks was a new-to-me author, now fast-tracked to my 'must read' list. While opening the show was Cathi Unsworth delivering a chilling piece from the excellent Bad Penny Blues accompanied by the sharp suited four piece - Get The Blessing.
Almost hidden amongst the listings, Get The Blessing were an unexpected treat. Featuring the Portishead rhythm section of Jim Barr and Clive Deamer (bass and drums) who lock and load with business end of the beats, while Pete Judge and Jake McMurchie (trumpet and sax) handle all the huffing 'n' puffing - occasionally relaying and delaying it through effects pedals for enhanced other-worldiness.
Get The Blessing are almost Bernard Hermann scoring Beastie Boys instrumentals, gear-shifting between cop-show soundtracks and Zappa instrumentals or using Acid Jazz's sprightly style offset against John Bonham's heavyweight wallop.
A special mention must go to drummer, Clive Deamer, who, during the end-of-evening, double-whammy jazz-off with Led Bib used hands, maracas and both head and handle ends of his padded drumsticks to devastating effect during a stunning, free-piece finale.
Get The Blessing - Music Style Product
Also featured: the excellent artwork of Huzzah Noir - which, can be found here...