Set to open the New York film festival [29/07/19 update]. The Martin Scorsese directed big-budget hitman movie The Irishman is the first from the Raging Bull icon in a while. The pithy trailer has been around quite a few months. The tasty lead-off track from Sinematic has been on constant rotation in these parts for a few days since it appeared only last week and sets the bar high in terms of expectation in terms of the music on the film.
Look at the personnel on the listing tacked on to the YouTube track. Chris Dave is on drums, and bass star Pino Palladino (last heard enjoyably with José James)... well as reliable as ever, among the musicians. The “ooo ooo” backing vocals add a little length to the metre, and Van Morrison sounds very measured and, as the song progresses, lit up (“I got caught up in this wicked world,” that high line stretching up into a harsh blue note especially a beaut).
Dig out The Last Waltz also if you have more time for full immersion and a trip to concert-music/documentary movie dreamland. That joins the dots appropriately. Robbie Robertson is effortlessly conversational, necessarily menacing and expressive as interlocutor. Blistering guitar break-out towards the tail end note too. It all falls into place. SG.
The third venue for performances of Come and Go by Samuel Beckett in a production by the Mark Morris Dance Group, this one en plein air. Cherry Island is a little strip of land, but not an island, running by the river Erne and the island of Enniskillen itself just over the fairly modern Johnston Bridge and close to the site of the new home of the South West College.
Unamplified, only a slight wind and the sound of quiet traffic from the nearby roads whooshing by, this was a beautiful setting, lily pads behind the “stage” even. I sincerely hope this brand new production is picked up by big theatres such as the Barbican in London and in New York and nearer home into the west in Sligo or Galway should there be any plans to tour more. If not being there was always about capturing the now as ever. It did. Pitch perfect. So good. SG.
Mark Morris middle picture. Some of the audience and two of the cast, the third obscured, top. Above, the setting minutes before the 11am performance. See also: Steele Hall show. Photos: marlbank.
Previously trailed, now some official audio has been issued. As reported:
Called Spectrum and only the charismatic jazz-rock Japanese pianist Hiromi’s second solo piano release after Place to Be a decade ago this will be out in October on Telarc and tracks include ‘Mr. C.C.,’ an imaginary score for a Charlie Chaplin film.
Hiromi will be in the UK in November playing Bridgewater Hall, Manchester on 1 November and Southwark Cathedral, London on 2 November.