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10.4.04

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Beginning of Jazz Kaar 

One of the closest notable jazz event here in Tallin seems to be Marc Ducret Trio performance on April 19, as to introduce the upcoming JazzKaar festival.
Ducret is one of those independent avant-gard type guys mixing together post-bop, rock, classical music, flamenco etc,. To me it seems something very similar Der Rote Bereich concert last year, which, in fact, was one of the most enjoyable.
Interestingly, that Ducret confesses his guitar interests coming from TV : ““I just wanted to sing like Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. I mean, at 14 or 15 we had these cool groups, like rock groups and stuff.” Ducret plays on a very wide range of instruments, including acoustic and electric 12 string guitars, frestless and baritone guitars), probably, a clear mark of his mixed style as well. He became a member of the first National Jazz Ochestra in France in 1986 and later established his own trio. Since 1991, his collaboration with saxophonist Tim Berne has made Ducret one of the few European musicians regularly playing overseas. Frequently invited to be a guest soloist by groups, composers and radio programs in Germany, he created his own tentet “Seven Songs,” exploring the music of the ‘60s with a very personal touch.
He plays regularly with Louis Sclavis and Dominique Pifarely’s Acoustic Quartet. Ducret has also collaborated with the band AKA Moon and with percussionist Bobby Previte in duet and the quartet Latin for Travellers. He is leading a collective trio, Big Satan, with Tim Berne and Tom Rainey.

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Don't Worry Be Happy together with Bobby McFerrin 

This is really the summer spring of jazz in Eastern Europe. I was already writing about Roy Hargrove, Brecker, Hancock, Wilson and Scofield visits this year. Sure it is not enough, as Bobby Mcferrin is performing in St. Petersburg and Moscow on May 12 and 13. McFerrin is undoubtedly an unchallenged jazz singer (able to reach an amplitude of 4 octaves), original conductor and arranger, imitator and improvisator. At least, I cannot recall anybody being a great, sophisticated jazz singer and imitator of jazz playing trumpet, contra bass, violin or flute altogether. A great sense of humour and a feel of audience is what I remember from his appearance in Royal Albert Hall during London Jazz Festival. The sensual mixture of emotions when the audience was singing along the lines of “The Wizard of Oz” brought my counterpart to remark that “I haven’t felt this kind of musical orgasm before”. If somebody wants to reassure what I have said about McFerrin, then I recommend the opening credits of Bertrand Travernier movie “Round Midnight” (1986). It is not a trumpet playing.


Bobby McFerrin’s been on stage for 20 years already but this is his first time in Russia. So close to Baltics and other places around. A great opportunity to hear, undoubtedly, one of the musical events of this summer.
Bobby McFerrin will perform in Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow on May 12 and in St Petersburg Philharmonic Hall on May 13.

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