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Legends of Jazz at Radio Hall
What does Dizzy Gillespie`s music means after 70 years since it was composed?
"It is an enormous source of inspiration and a very intense experience every time we listen to this music."
So we had the pleasure of listening to Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie- from Parker`s Mood, Bird`s Work, The Mooche to A Night in Tunisia and Relaxin at Camarillo. These are songs performed in a very fast rhythm with the exception of Laura ballad suggested by the pianist Sorin Zlat. I`ve admired all five musicians and if I have enough time I would speak with every member of the band. Last night at Radio Hall I listened a trumpeter that has an inner fire, a pianist that embraces the entire keyboard with his gushing solos- a delight for every jazz lover, a battery that was practically unleashed at the end, a perfect contrabassist and a saxophonist whose experience on the Dutch jazz stage makes itself known in an nonchalant manner.
Cătălin Milea: "I am glad that I can perform this kind a concert, here, in Romania. Somehow there is this inclination of jazz performers to copy their idols but in the evening of Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie Tribute concert I haven`t even tried to do that because it is not possible. We live in 2016 and if we even try to perform like in the 1950`s it`s almost impossible. Firstly, there were other conceptions, mentalities another cultural backgrounds, and somehow everything sounded differently. I believe that if we try to copy something is practically useless and it is much more interesting to add something new to a song that was already made and that`s what we`ve tried to do through our arrangements and through the fact that we are not Americans, but Romanians.
Author: Marina Nedelcu
Translated by: Ilinca Elena Dinulescu
MTTLC, the University of Bucharest
Translated by Ilinca Elena Dinulescu
MTTLC, The University of Bucharest