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Christian Scott – Band on the Wall

Christian Scott: Manchester 2010

Christian Scott: Manchester 2010

Christian Scott with Dizzy - the Band on the Wall motif

Christian Scott with Dizzy – Band on the Wall

Christian Scott and I share the same birthday – however he is younger, cooler, more talented and more knowlegdable about music than me – but I still like him!

An incredible player with a beautiful unique tone (made with his beautiful unique horn seen here – photographed with it for the first time I’m told).  I was reminded me of meeting Roy Hargrove in Glasgow in 1992 at a sinilar age on what I think was his first European tour. He was a self-assured, modest, brilliant young musician – who as we know continues to fulfill his great early promise.

Christian Scott too has those qualities, and the instrument has another great young player to help keep it moving. His love of the music, the strong sense of direction he and his band have – and the respect he showed to one of his great predecessors the late Clifford Brown (as he commented on his favourite LP) was both touching and inspirational.

Christian had very kindly agreed to be photographed with his favourite album for the ‘ONE LP’ project, I’m sure you know – a shoot often takes alot of pulling together and I would like thank Malcolm, Simon and Mike at Band on the Wall, Sorcha and Amy at Serious (who helped even in the middle of London JF – their massive main mission at the time) and Martin and Joe – looking after the guys on tour – for making it happen at the sharp end.

A truly memorable gig – catch them next time if you can.

Review from this tour in Birmingham

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Sound check, l-r - Kris Funn, Jamire Williams, Christian Scott and Matt Stevens

piano Scott_MG_9793©William EllisMr. Lawrence Fields on piano

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In concert

In concert

Manchester Jazz Festival 2010 – a selection from

Amongst the highlights of this year’s MJF was a live broadcast on BBC R3 of 3 compact sets presented at the Band on The Wall, the city’s iconic intimate music venue. The Arun Ghosh Quintet, Stuart McCallum and the Simcock/Walker/Swallow/Nuasbaum chappies all did their great things (not at the same time of course) to an enrapt audience in the house and I’m sure at home – speaking of which I missed Phil Bancroft’s excellent As Small as the World unfortunately.  This project explores what ‘Home’ means to us today.

Meanwhile back at BotW (and RNCM where SWSN Band the next evening) I’ve compiled a set of pictures from this evening and a selection from some other performances and sound checks. Steve Swallow is one of my favourite bassists (check out Carla Bley/Steve’s site) and a good sport, he didn’t mind too much when I showed him the picture of him tuning his lovely Citron signature bass looking like an orangutan – just  wish I could ape his playing….

'New Reed' - Arun Ghosh: Band on the Wall

'New Reed' - Arun Ghosh: Band on the Wall

Stuart McCallum: Band on the Wall

Stuart McCallum: Band on the Wall

Simcock/Walker/Swallow/Nussbaum: Band on the Wall

Simcock/Walker/Swallow/Nussbaum: Band on the Wall

Steve Swallow: RNCM

Steve Swallow: 'Tune up', RNCM

Mike Walker: 'Tune up.' - RNCM

Mike Walker: 'Tune's up too!' - RNCM

Gwilym Simcock: RNCM

Gwilym Simcock: RNCM

Adam Nussbaum and Steve Swallow: RNCM

Adam Nussbaum and Steve Swallow: RNCM

The Quartet: RNCM

The Quartet: RNCM

Outside Broadcast Vehicle BotW

Outside Broadcast Vehicle BotW

catch you next time...

catch you next time...