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experimented, charmed the audience to unknown places on Day 2 and Day 3 of the musical journey that unfolded at the Siri Fort Auditorium.Delhi’s jazz lovers found themselves drawn to the ideas of the performers, each unique, but bound by the spirit of jazz.
The last day's (Sunday’s) acts were as follows:
The Polish Jazz Outfit High Definition Quartet led by the intense Piotr Orzechowski (pianist and composer) was much more than a group of young musicians, all in their early twenties.
Experts at their respective instruments, other members of the group — Mateusz Silwa (tenor sax), Alan Wykpisz (double bass), and Patryk Dobosz (drums) — are winners of prestigious awards in jazz.
Their number Intro starts with solo drumming which in quick succession starts sounding like porcelain hail falling on a plastic roof and a strong gush of sax with piano triplets sweeping it off in 51 seconds.
This is what ace trumpeter Randy Becker, who performed with them had to say, “High Definition is one of the most incredible bands if not the most incredible group I have ever played with, and since I have been in the music business for almost 50 years, that is a really strong recommendation. I am sure they will go on to become world famous musicians both individually and as a group.”
My impression was they were making their own way through a jazz rain forest, enjoying themselves while doing so and not hurting anyone in the process. I hope they reach the destination they are headed for… or, rather, they keep moving on.
An hour of pure jazz music was served up by the David Hazeltime Trio. Master pianist David Hazeltine performed a few of his arrangements as well as a Frank Sinatra number. David's intricate notes played along the strong rhythm section, which was just sweet.
Last but not the least, The Goa Collective — Elvis Lobo (guitar), Shayne Ballantine (guitar), Arjun Sen (guitar) and Lew Hilt (bass) — made it an evening to remember. Their guitar melodies painted ‘musical pictures’. Their unique improvisations have seen them hold the fort musically for a long, long time in India.
Asked what keeps them inspired to organise such a festival in New Delhi, Astri Ghosh, coordinator for the event, said, “Simply for the love of Jazz.”
The Capital Jazz was celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Jazz Utsav this year.