Directed by Dolma’s Daughters film maker Ádám Miklós and written by the London based Hungarian Yvonne Bauer A Magyar Nóta: Belga Mestere literally Belgian Master of Hungarian Song is a truly remarkable and quite moving insight about the music and life of the extraordinary violinist Tcha Limberger, a blind violin virtuoso from Belgium who discovers traditional Hungarian music and moves to Hungary to master it. Limberger fell in love with the long forgotten Hungarian nóta style and made it his mission to introduce it to the world. The film makers ask the questions why does he want to learn a music genre that has almost been forgotten by Hungarians; and why does he leave the security of his Belgian home to live in a Transylvanian village?
Shot in Hungary, Transylvania and Belgium the sound quality is excellent and the Transylvanian scenes are especially very beautifully filmed, the quality of the light is stunning: a scene towards the end of the film has a gathering of fiddlers that is epic and life affirming. Responding to marlbank’s comment that Limberger is up there with Roby Lakatos no less, writer Yvonne Bauer says: “Roby Lakatos himself is of the best opinion on Tcha! He said that Tcha follows in the footsteps of the great old masters in that he plays according to the most ancient rules, which few other musicians do these days. All of them try to sound more modern, just like Roby himself.”
•Tcha Limberger appears at Le Quecumbar in London on 2 November.
“Mark, heading down the 606 to hear a 13-piece do some 5/4s this lunchtime – meet you around seven minutes past one after I jump off the 319?”
“Don’t mind if I do, big Suze.”
Readers love a good trio – we salute you and echo that emotion. Most jazz fans are the very same and like a small outfit, “small” as in 9 and under – that is: The quintet or sextet is a perfection just as much as the trio. Think Kind of Blue. Subtract, peel away, to just the one, ah get you... Köln Concert. Numbers... yep we are comfortably numb to as many or as few. The notion that a number is what counts is however absurd.
It only begins when you listen... to the rock ’n’ roll of Santo & Johnny
French news agencies are reporting that the earliest known TV footage of Miles Davis to survive has been located in France. According to reports the institut national de l’audiovisuel (INA) says it found the material.
In monochrome the footage dates to a 25 December 1957 broadcast although the filming was made 18 days earlier on 7 December.
Three minutes and 50 seconds in duration approximately, above, it relates to the Lift to the Scaffold period and was found during an inventory. Miles was in France to work for the director Louis Malle on the film known in French as Ascenseur pour l’échafaud. It shows a quintet of players. Subject to verification this looks like Miles Davis, trumpet; Barney Wilen, tenor sax; René Urtreger, piano; Pierre Michelot, bass; Kenny Clarke, drums.
Look for Ballades this month. Meanwhile go back to listen to a Billy Reid song Jamal breathed new instrumental life into on Blue Moon.
Listen closely to the percussive ocean contributed by Weather Report legend long time Ahmadian, Manolo Badrena. The magic starts meshing with Herlin Riley like brothers from around 25 seconds in. Puerto Rican Badrena played tambourine on ‘Birdland’ (click to listen) ffs no less.
Jamal’s part, the changes towards the end say from the governor at 3mins 30secs on especially are beautiful. Above: first sung and as ‘The Gipsy’ so rendered brand new in a lilting 1945 treatment by Dorothy Squires.
Touring in the States next month ‘Time-Lapse City’ is from the GoGo Penguin upcoming EP Ocean in a Drop: Music for Film to be released to chime with their Texas and California dates. Inspired by Koyaanisqatsi, the Mancs perform the soundtrack live to the film in LA (8 October) and San Fran (9).
OK, the new regular “not jazz” but staggering listening nevertheless. Yep, the one that everyone is talking about, Norman Fucking Rockwell by Lana Del Rey. A little hush please. Best line, actually best word perhaps in the whole caboodle — the way she inflects the first of these “Hello, it’s the most famous woman you know on the iPad.” Spooky or what.
The Tomorrow’s Warriors #IAmWarrior fundraising drive has been successful.
A whopping £119,743 has been raised. The target was £100,000.
Thanking those who donated, the Tomorrow’s Warriors website features a message explaining:
“We have secured match funding of £100,000 from Arts Council England to pay for the resources needed to continue delivering an exciting, year-round comprehensive learning and training programme for our young musicians, helping us to transform young lives...
“Our students, parents, staff and wonderful supporters can stop and take a deep breath, safe in the knowledge that the immediate threat to our programme has been lifted and we can now put all our energies into securing long-term funding for our Young Artist Development Programme.”
The initiative was launched in the autumn of 2018.
TRACK OF THE WEEK #NewMusicFriday Tremendously swinging agility from the piano master Chick Corea on Monk’s ‘Work’ drawn from Trilogy 2 (to be released on 4 October) only a few months after Antidote. This is quite different and the continuation of a story begun to be told. Such open interplay throughout. A conversation between protagonists all – delivering crucially individually and collectively in the moment.
Superstar trio, the Pettifordian bass matador Christian McBride and the great Wayne Shorter drummer Brian Blade join Chick: this new Concord issued double album arrives six years on from the initial double Grammy winning Trilogy release.
Live, recorded on tour Corea’s ‘500 Miles High’ from Return to Forever album Light as a Feather is included among the mix of standards and originals that also spans Corea all time classic ‘La Fiesta’. In press material Chick is quoted as saying on his arrangement of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Pastime Paradise’ from Songs in the Key of Life: “I’ve been friends with Stevie since he used to come around to listen to Return to Forever in 1973 at The Bitter End. A few years ago Stevie sat in with us at Catalina’s in Los Angeles and we went out to dinner afterwards. We were talking about songs and I was using the term ‘standards,’ and Stevie turned to me and said, ‘Hey Chick, what do you think about playing some new standards?’ I thought that was interesting and asked, ‘What do you mean?’ And he said, ‘You know – my music!’ He was kind of kidding around, but not completely, and I thought that was a great idea.” Full track listing: Disc 1: How Deep Is the Ocean, 500 Miles High, Crepuscule with Nellie, Work, But Beautiful, La Fiesta. Disc 2: Eiderdown, All Blues, Pastime Paradise, Now He Sings, Now He Sobs, Serenity, Lotus Blossom.
Back in the summertime release Chick on the superb Antidote revisited songs from his albums My Spanish Heart and Touchstone with a multi-cultural octet, sprinkling in a few new compositions and guest appearances by vocalists Rubén Blades, Chick’s wife Gayle Moran Corea, and Maria Bianca, a reminder once again how important it is to listen and learn from the masters of the music. Trilogy 2 continues that significant, immersive, process.