Kikujiro Posted April 30, 2004 Share Posted April 30, 2004 Last week, Norah Jones at the Hammersmith Apollo. I know, I know, and I was not sure why I'd booked even before it started. I mean, I've never bought the new album. But as I'm sure I bored everyone with already, I first saw her before the first album came out at PizzaExpress in Dean St, and she was fabulous -- smoky, intimate settings are what she needs, and moderate expectations rather than global fame help too. The Apollo was far too loud and amplified for her (some lyrics actually hard to make out), and the recent focus on country is not to be encouraged. Disappointing. Tonight, serendipitously (I was only asked yesterday), Sonny Rollins at the Barbican. Absolutely magnificent. At 74 the guy can hardly walk, but he can dance, and his lungs, energy and all-round brilliance were extraordinary. Amazing extended solos that produced in me alternating dropped jaw and grin for the entire evening, elaborated from a range of material from standards and own compositions through old Italian folk songs and calypso. Several standing ovations. Most extraordinary musicianship I've seen since Jarrett about a year ago. Still feel profoundly cheered by it. 27 Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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