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And Delhi jumped in joy

music Updated: May 09, 2011 14:12 IST
Jonathan Vikram Pradhan
Jonathan Vikram Pradhan
Hindustan Times
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It was apparent enough that Friday's (April 8th) dose of world class jazz music was not enough for Delhi's music lovers. They turned up once again for the Day 2 of the Delhi Jazz festival at New Delhi's Nehru Park, this time double the first day's number.

The first jazz act of Day 2 was performed by Christine Jensen Quintet from Canada. The band led by Montreal-based saxophonist and composer Christine Jensen, who has been described as, "an original voice on the international jazz scene... (and) one of Canada's most compelling composers," by Mark Miller of the Globe and Mail, played their compositions through intricate but well-rehearsed Saxophone duets, backed by rock solid bass, keys, and drums accompaniment of which I am certain struck a cord with the aspiring young jazz musicians. Video: Jazz not enough

The second band to perform was Fractal from India. Led by India's pre-eminent guitarist Amyt Datta of the PINKNOISE, Skinny Alley, and D-For-Brother fame along with drummer and turntable artist Jivraj Singh, the band played Electronica (music produced in a non-acoustic manner). Although, their music was a one-of-a-kind, with a lot of experimental guitar work combined with electronica overtones, it certainly must have left the audiences' mind with a lot of spaces to be filled, at least musically.

The final act for the day was performed by Jump 4 Joy from Sweden. The band is an unconventional jazz band in that they take their inspiration from a piano tradition rather than the standard guitar-based melodies. They are minus guitar. The band is heavily influenced by the New Orleans Jazz music. The band's front man Ulf Sandstrom, vocals and piano, is an award winning-artist, who was raised in the Soviet Union, US, and Hungary and started playing the piano at the age of 4.

Along with the other members -- Ingalill Hogman on Saxophone, Martin Tronsson on Bass, and Kennet Bjornlund on drums, Jump 4 Joy was the biggest act of Day 2.

Coupled with powerful vocals and immaculate piano playing, Ulf belted out songs like, Walk With Me and Louis Jordan's Somebody Done Changed The Lock On My Door, which threw the audience into ecstatic convulsions. The audience were divided into three patches where three huge screens were put up to make sure that nobody missed the amazing acts. And every time, Ingalill blew on her sax, the crowd went into loud cheers in unison.

They also performed James Brown's I Feel Good, in which the crowd sang and danced along. Small wonder, the band has been playing together since 1992 and I gathered that they almost do 110 concerts the world over in a year.

Ulf Sandstrom on all that Jazz:

What was your reaction to playing in India
Surprised that it took so long.

How did you find India?

What would you be playing?
Compositions and interpretations (Jazz)

How would you explain Jazz
Jazz is like facebook, brings people together.