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Jazz Utsav 2014: The grooves are too strong to resist

Eclectic sounds and immaculate tones made the opening day of Jazz Utsav 2014 a true success. With an interesting mix of artistes lined up for Sunday, this event is proving to be quite a treat for music lovers in Delhi.

music Updated: Nov 01, 2014 20:10 IST
Jonathan Vikram Pradhan
Jonathan Vikram Pradhan
Hindustan Times
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Despite the ticket prices that were not too pocket friendly at Rs 500, 800, and 1000, the ever-growing jazz music lovers of Delhi had gathered in quite a number for the 30th edition of the Jazz Utsav 2014 at the Siri Fort auditorium on Friday.

The opening act threw up the Diego Amador Trio from Spain, with Diego Amador on piano, his son Diego Amador Blanco on drums and Jesus Garrido in the bass.

The trio's flamenco concocted with gypsy flavour created an eclectic sound which demanded close listening initially but was well settled with the audience in a few more minutes. Diego's strong gypsy influence comes from himself being one and growing up listening to flamenco as a young boy.

The tradings on piano and drums, where the father and son duo went muscially euphoric, was too good to be missed.

Next up was jazz Singer Deborah J Carter along with husband Mark Zandveld (bass guitar) with piano and bass accompaniement who belted out 'metropolitan jazz' numbers which made for good, easy listening.

Their version of Duke Elligton's Satin Doll and The Beatles' Yesterday, delivered by Deborah in her rich voice, were well received by the audience.

Last but not the least, was Francesco Cafiso Duo with Francesco Cafiso, only 25, playing the alto saxophone and composer and pianist Mauro Schiavone on the piano from Sicily.

Francesco was an international jazz music award winner at 11.

"My music is a 'moving forward' one," says Francesco, who's inspirations comes from jazz greats such as Sunny Rollings and Charlie Parker.

Immaculate piano accompaniement with Francesco's 'wake-up-the-dead' sax playing made his compositions such as 60 Minutes Of Happiness and Good To Be Here a truly amazing musical experience.

Performer lined up for Saturday and Sunday are as follows:

1 Helge Lien and Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer, a combo of composer Jazz pianist and Polish World Orchestra Singer.

2 Steve David Quartet, headed by trombone player Steve Davis, widely regarded as today's leading improvisers, known for his hard swing style.

3 Arne Jansen Trio from Berlin, Germany, headed by guitar player Arne Jansen, who has workerd under the likes of Pat Metheny and John Abercrombie.

4 High Definition Quartet, the Polish Jazz outfit is headed by saxophonist Mateusz Slaw, their music is a tribute to the modern as well as the traditional jazz style -- the Polish way!

5 David Hazeltine Trio, headed by pianist David Hazeltine, who is a musical voice in modern jazz piano tradition.

6 The Goa Collective, headed by Indian guitarist and composer, Elvis Lobo along with legendary guitarist Arujun Sen and bass player Lew Hilt.

The Jazz Utsav has been organised by Capital Jazz in New Delhi since 1984. When asked about the growing followers of jazz music in Delhi, Soli Sorabjee, president Capital Jazz, said, "Jazz as arrived, it's not dead."

First Published: Nov 01, 2014 17:22 IST