Supported by Neil Campbell
13th March 2011
Live music review by 18/3/2011
Can you get lost in your own hometown? Unexpectedly, the answer to that
question is yes. Arriving just in time to see support from Neil Campbell
and Perri Allaine-Hughes, I settled down and sent thanks to taxi drivers
Their short but sweet set of songs including instrumental Particle
Theory, and vocal songs Sunday Song, Walking With The Sun and Both
Of You were an appropriate intro to the work of the duo, who many readers
may have seen before, and set the scene for Courtney Pine very well indeed.
Indeed, after some minutes the shadows of the Capstone were lifted and
the Courtney Pine Sextet emerged to a shower of applause from the packed
venue. As Pine had not played the venue before – The Capstone after
all only recently opened its doors! – He was keen to say an enthusiastic
‘Good Evening Liverpool! I’ve waited a long time to say that…’
and then did some ‘tuning’ with the audience, with whom he
interacted rewardingly over the night. In the case of myself, with many
references to ‘that geezer writing stuff down’ and an encore-
presaging ‘Yo dude, I know you’re writing stuff down but is
it time to go home yet?’ Of course the answer was a definite ‘No!’
With tracks from his latest album Europa to unveil, home time was a
long way off and indeed it was an excellent night. Many people have the
idea that Jazz is a straight faced, straight laced and humourless event
but they are ripe to make a reconsideration of that opinion in the light
of this show. There was humour aplenty, body tapping rhythms in abundance
and musicianship of the highest calibre to boot. Opening with ‘Deuteronomy’
an energetic piece with all of the Sextet playing a part, it was a collection
of musicians caught in the moment giving their whole bodies and minds
to the performance.
A highlight was Pine – playing Bass Saxophone as opposed to his
usual Clarinet – soloing as the drums gradually excelled behind
him to lead into the whole band joining in. Indeed, played live it could
almost soundtrack the chase scene in a movie it had that much energy coming
Other pieces he played include La Reserche
du Sangreal, Druids Lyre and
They Came from the North, all with
the same passion and attention to detail that mark out the vast catalog
of albums Pine and his fellow musicians have released over the years.
I could go on forever about how much I enjoyed this show but I think you
have got the point by now!
Courtney would like me to point out that its Mothers Day soon and his
album is out. No, really! That’s what he asked to write down at
one point during the night and you really could do worse than go out and
get this excellent release until you get the chance to see him live.
You know what you must do!
Comment left by Sebastian Gahan on 18th March, 2011 at 17:00
Correction -- 'A highlight was Pine – playing Bass Clarinet as opposed to his usual Saxophone' Courtney Pine usually plays Saxophone. - For this show he played Bass Clarinet. Apologies for this error.