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The Jazz Concert: Original and Enjoyable. Brubeck Quartet. By A Music Critic. For Delhi the entertainment offered it in the University Gardens on Tuesday night was as original as it was enjoyable. This was not in the set tradition of the classical concert for which the Delhi Music Society has now created a tradition and a demand. But is is preceisely the kind of thing that University students enjoy with a relish that does not attend a performance of classical music and that almost certainly reflects youth, high spirits, a wild primitive sense of rhythm and that response to mime-in-sound that is the essence of modern living. The Dave Brubeck Quartet consists of a pianist, a saxophone player, a bass and a drum - and all are of an excellence unknown outside a first rate film or record. THe concernt began late which was a pity for there is no doubt that enthusiasm for such things wanes with waiting. This apart, I cannot too highly comment the good manners, verbal and musical of the leader of the Quartet - not the wisdom with which his programme was chosen. The Quartet started with "Duke Ellington's "Take the Train", an improvisation in which all the magic that we associate with moving trains passed into rhythmic sound with the drum playing a dominant role. THere followed "These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You" and then a drum solo by Joe Morello that is one of the more staggering things in ingenuity that Jazz has produced. This was an attempt to portray life in the United States in drumming and the variegated sounds of a machine age in factories, sirens, whistles, and trains could hardly have been achieved more realistically in the conglomnerated sound version of the original. GENTLER THEMES. Gentler themes followed, with a bass solo and "Two Part Contention", a composition by Dave Brubeck that attempts to work a Bach theme into the structure of Jazz. This was clever and interesting, but it is a point that the leader of the Quartet had to apologise for its "intellectual" quality. For this, surely, is what makes a performance like the one we heard last night not entirely satifactory to those rasied on classical music. Of its kind Dave Brubeck's music and performance are excellent--and it is not quite fair to quarrel with the kind. But the kind of music is unprovocative to the mind because it is wholly expected, holds no mysterl, no surprises, and contains none of that quality to raise, inspire, or provoke tenderness with which the great music of the world touches the human spirit. [photo caption] Dave Brubeck, leader of the nw progressive Jazz School in America, giving a demonstration at the Delhi University lawns on Tuesday.

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January 2007


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