Saturday 6th July….
Joined some fellow Aussies (Aaron Searle & Mark Lockett) and went to see the Seamus Blake Quartet.
Last time I was in NYC 1996, I had ask Seamus for some lessons, but unfortunately he was sick that week. I was excited to be able to hear him again live.
Prior to the music starting Seamus was warming up on a couple of notes and completely filled the venue with his sound. Wow, huge tone….Super balanced Action Tenor with an Otto Link Reso chamber 8 opening.
After a brief speech by the house MC outlining the ettiquette expected on this gig (felt like a lecture), the quartet launched into a Cole Porter standard and were on fire.
Seamus Blake – saxophone
Boris Kozlov – bass
Bruce Barth – piano
Donald Edwards – drums
All musicians had an amazing sense of time. Must mention the interesting Eddie Harris composition “1974 Blues”, which was in 7/4. Groovy.
Had a blast listening to this gig. Wonderful musicians, wonderful music, wonderful friends.