Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Leo Blanco @ Sage Gateshead...

Review of Leo Blanco's sensational gig at Sage Gateshead last weekend is now available online at Jazz Journal.

I'd been a bit ambivalent about going along until Rob Adams dropped me a line a couple of days beforehand. I'm glad I did, because it was easily up there with the most absorbing and sustained solo piano performances I've ever seen - right up there with memorable sets by Joachim Kühn, Marilyn Crispell, Keith Tippett and Michel Petrucciani for sure.

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Couldn't resist weaving in that reference to José Mourinho in the closing paragraph - I gather that Leo has been branded a George Clooney lookalike in the past, but for my money the special one seems far more fitting.

I've finally filed my Soweto Kinch interview, which I hope will be in the August edition of Jazz Journal, and next I'm psyching myself up for the marathon of transcribing my recent 70 minute conversation with Verneri Pohjola. Turning such an interesting and wide-ranging conversation into an article worthy of his considerable talents won't be easy, but I can think of far worse things to be doing...