Barbican London 17, June 2006
John Zorn paid tribute to Derek Bailey, who died recently. He assembled a band of cutting edge superstars who were split into two cacophonous entities, one loud and the other much louder. The very loud drum kit of Miford Graves, was paired with Bill Laswell’s electric bass. And Gavin Bryars’ acoustic double bass was paired with the inventive percussion of Tony Oxley who has the moves of a ballet dancer. John Zorn’s, alto and George Lewis’ Trombone provided the foil to these very different drum and base units. All six combined for an anarchic theatrical final number that had the audience asking for “more”, but no “more” was on offer.
Mrs Monk wore the spectacles that make her look like an intellectual throughout the concert.
We enjoyed our 90 minutes of music, but the journey to the Barbican took more of our day.
On the car journey home we played Gavin Bryars’ Farewell To Philosophy, with Julian Lloyd Webber on the Cello. What a contrast?
The concert will be broadcast on Radio 3’s Jazz on 3, Friday 23 June. Turn up the volume.. Shoestring Chronicle