Sunday, April 02, 2006

gig 006 - w/Lauren Belec and Gary Lindner

April 1, 2006
@ Café Pazzazz on rue de l’Eglise in Val-David, Quebec
9:30 pm-1:00am

John Sobol – sax
Laurent Belec – guitare electrique
Gary Lindner – drums/batterie

30 spectators
Set 1: 40 minutes
Set 2: 40 minutes
Set 3: 40 minutes

A trio that had never played together as a trio
although we had been part of a quintet on a couple of occasions
a beautiful experience
laurent and gary are both terrific players
the three of us made for a heavy blend

gary is a slick and mellow middle-aged cat who plays his Gretsch kit with power and purpose
laurent has a sublime lyrical streak stashed in a Detroit penthouse suite

the gig was a blast
especially the last 2 sets

i put together a song list and in the first set we played 4 or 5 tunes
but it was weak and stilted
Gary said fuck it we should just play
jam the whole set nonstop for the second set
which we did
and it was stellar

same the thing in the third set
a long collective improvisation
i had foolishly forgotten that we didn't need tunes to play great music
and once we left them behind it was fine
a super trio experience for all i think
audience included
who were highly appreciative
as people always are at Pazzazz and in quebec in general
warm audiences
(this is mostly because quebecers like to have fun together in public and making loud noises and shouting is one of their favourite ways to do it – local hockey legends like Guy Lafleur regularly get 15-minute standing ovations when introduced at hockey games)

and as mentioned in gig 005, a redemption of sorts
on a personal level
as i played with full confidence
exploring my horn, my sound, my moods in a different way than I had heard Guy play the night before
less certain, more risky perhaps, more edge
just my own idiosyncratic vocabulary, dialogical powers and sense of living narrative form
it was good to reclaim me and to not worry about what I'm not and will never be as a musician
I'll never sound like a Breckerite and I have no desire to
(no disrespect to MB saxophone god)

lots of fun in the bar
interesting characters
a great night of playing with fine people


Risk Factor: 4
Riff Factor: 9
Success Factor: to the moon
Lesson: tunes get in the way
Cash Factor: 7
Parking Lot: mud and spring snowbanks
Interactivism: 4
Joy: 9
Obliteration: 7


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