I watched video on you tube of the Jazz Cafe performances. This was primarily a showcase for music majors and graduate students. The performances featured many blooming musicians with an assortment of unique musical combos. This was a perfect opportunity to experience such a wide variety of music, which for the novice Jazz listener, was perfect. It wasn’t Just the music, however, that mm:led this performance a success. It was the atmosphere. Low lighting coupled with candlelit tables made for a great romantic date.
Although the place was packed to capacity, the feel of the atmosphere remained calm and relaxing. There was a pleasantness and ease about the whole performance. One of the great things about this performance was the new addition of-duos. These I really enjoyed because it seemed a whole lot easier to hear and dissect the music. The first song that I heard was the duo with two people on the piano. Immediately after the song began, I picked up on some familiar sounds to that of rag time. There was a simple right hand melody Ewing played, which gave it a playful sound.
The next performance was a duet with a piano and tenor sax. One of my favorite performances of the night, it had an eerie and mysterious sound due to the play with minor keys. There was a strong emphasis on the call and response or antiphon aspect, especially at the beginning of the song. The use of minor keys and not as produced clashing sounds at times during the performance. In this duet I got to see bits and pieces of each instrument both the piano and the sax. One technique the saxophone seemed to be using was the beating of arpeggios.
The piano would pick up strong at the same time and then die down again. There was such an edgy sound to this performance. Straight from an Alfred Hitchcock movie or something, this music had everything I wanted to hear. Towards the end, I start to see the music reaching this climatic end and then it suddenly stopped. The next performance showed a duet between a trumpet and tenor saxophone. The song begins really slowly and really never picks up much. The tenor sax begins and then It Is followed by The trumpet.
This combination and the way the music Is presented gives of a real melancholy feel. It has a depressed sound. The two Instruments are going back and forth overlapping each other and In the process get higher and higher. This song entitled “l heard it Through the Grapevine,” was done with a duet between a bass and piano. The bass begins and uses very strong plucks to emphasize the melody. The bass get a little rougher and Then the piano kicks in. Using a 4/4 time on The left hand only and the bassist playing chords 3 with right hand.
This music definitely has a touch of blues and soul. Its deep beats and repealed bass lines (Station) makes your feet begin to t-?p and head nod. Towards the end of the song the piano begins to take charge using right hand chords only. He begins to freestyle using his right hand, repeating various notes and scales. The Plano produces fast scales and uses bottom chords. Eventually the piano begins 10 soften and the music fades away. This was an example of a technique called Orlando, which Is a gradual decrease In tempo.