For my birthday last week, my brother gave me tickets to yesterday's Jazzfestival Concert, which I attended with C. It was an amazingly rich programme of contrasts with Rigmor Gustafsson and Roberta Gambarini. The latter was extremely smoothly executed, yet mostly conventional standards jazz, whereas Rigmor Gustafsson and the Radio String Quartet Vienna were the discovery of the evening for me. It started when the strings walked on stage and begun playing something that could have been from a contemporary nordic composer of classical music. Then Rigmor (the name has nothing to do with rigor mortis btw) came on stage and started to perform her magic.
The whole set lived and breathed a creative group of minds' fun approach to music. The strings were on an equal footing with the suave singer and were able to make their virtuosity shine. But despite the virtuosity and the intelligence, the emotive messages were clear and simple in their almost pop-music style delivery, and most enjoyable. Most of the songs are also available on their recently published album Calling You, which is spinning on repeat here ... highly recommended!
Sadly, I found out that I'll be on a plane back from Boston when another fabulous gig is scheduled in Basel: Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau. I guess I'll just have to make do with Mehldau's Highway Rider on the plane, then ...
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