Recent Live Music- Reviewed

Over the last week or two I have seen jazz at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival and at the Montreal Jazz festival. All the music I heard was fantastic.

First, I saw CMV (Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten). Three bass players with drums and keyboard/synth. The concert was fun, with each of the players playing extended solos. The showcase songs were great, but the real strength of the group was playing together. This 'Supergroup' actually played as a group.

See them if you get a chance.


Second, I saw Brian Blade in Montreal. Brian Blade is a drummer who has played with a variety of performers, both popular and jazz. We saw him with his own quintet (drums, sax, bass, keyboards, and sax) playing mostly his own material. This was an excellent show. Blade has a unique drumming style and all the players really played well together.  Accessible and challenging at the same time. among the best jazz drumming I've seen.


Third, the morning (early afternoon perhaps) after seeing Brian Blade, we caught some free jazz. Belgistan are a band from Belgium (three saxaphones, trumpet, tuba type instrument, drum and percussion) that were right at home playing in front of (not on) a stage. They had the crowd bopping away. - a close approximation of the show we saw.