Saturday, 9 January 2016

Jazz concert John Scofield / Joe Lovano Mâcon

After the modest concert of the Carla Bley Trio in Chalon it was hard to imagine a concert so contrary to the previous one than the one the John Scofield / Joe Lovano Quartet gave in Mâcon.

Joe Lovano & John Scofield - Internet 2015
I had heard both of them ages ago at a.o. North Sea Jazz and though grown a bit older (haven’t we all?) those two played like they did when they were still in their prime. The concert in Mâcon was organised in collaboration with the Crescent Jazz Club, which celebrated its 20th birthday this year and got the golden opportunity to have a full house, slightly differing from the max. 50 man which will fit with great difficulty in the club.

John Scofield / Joe Lovano Quartet - Internet 2015
As I said earlier, the musicians were enjoying themselves, they played a number of pieces from their latest CD "Past Present" and the rhythm section of Ben Street – bass and Bill Stewart – drums were laying a thoroughly swinging foundation for the frontline. One interesting thing was (apart from the music) that albeit tickets had been sold the seating was free during the concert. This partially solved a typically French problem, where people turn up 15 minutes late without blinking an eye, and then worming their way to their seats somewhere in the middle of a row. And the musicians will have to wait…

CD's signeren
The hall was chock-a-block full and a rough count clocked up approx. 800 seats. The Crescent Jazz Club can only in its wildest dreams imagine these numbers; it is most likely a multiple of their yearly number of visitors.

Afterwards one could purchase CD's, signed on the spot by the two masters themselves; who would say no to a chance like that?

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