All About Jazz

Home » Articles » Live Reviews

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

1

Hitch On 2017

Martin Longley By

Sign in to view read count
For the final night's afterparty, the Kraków funk/jazz/hip-hop collective Gadabit played an extended set at Harris, possessed of slippery groove, but also packed with fast-tongued raps, courtesy of freestyler IND and Kuban, his co-rapper and percussionist. They were supported by a full live band, with violinist, sampler, keyboardist, bassist and drummer, their set followed by a jam that was more akin to an expanded band session, with existing numbers augmented by guest musicians. Gadabit were a wise choice to spearhead the blow-out party vibe, their sets fuelled with a tangible momentum, phrasing skill, enthusiasm and humour. If your scribe could lift the Polish dictionary, it's very possible that the raps themselves were thoughtful and amusing. Judging by the audience reaction, this seemed to be the case.

Earlier in the evening, the Gala Concert at Radio Kraków gradually revealed the competition results, and also bestowed prizes on many of the showcase artists. Hitch On is a contest that deems it valuable to give credit across the range, and even though the main competition prizes involve cash awards (for recording expenses), there are a prodigious number of accompanying rewards for showcase acts, principally involving gigs at other upcoming festivals, both around the globe and in Poland itself. Partly a tense ceremony, the concert became more relaxed once the results had been announced, and three of the selected bands could devote themselves to the business of entertaining the audience, perhaps in a more free-wheelin' fashion than when they were cooking under the spotlighted gaze of the judges.

It was a fine closing concert, with Quantum Trio grasping the main cash prize, and the Vibe Quartet arriving second, also securing a recording session and a prestigious Polish gig. Each of these combos delivered a set, with both of these being superior to their performances a day or two earlier. The Wójcinski/Szmanda Quartet also played, once again to a very high standard of cliff-hanging, sensitised improvisation, having just been awarded a pair of gigs for 2018, in Serbia and Poland.

It was a dire development indeed that your scribe's favoured band in competition, the Jan Kartner Quartet, received no formal acknowledgement from the judging team whatsoever...

Photograph Credit: Paweł Mazur

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Beethoven, Barber and Vivaldi at The Jazz Corner Live Reviews
Beethoven, Barber and Vivaldi at The Jazz Corner
by Martin McFie
Published: September 18, 2018
Read Bryan Ferry at the Macedonian Philharmonic Hall, Macedonia 2018 Live Reviews
Bryan Ferry at the Macedonian Philharmonic Hall, Macedonia...
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: September 16, 2018
Read Live From Birmingham: Dinosaur, Meatraffle, Hollywood Vampires, Black Asteroids & Paul Lamb Live Reviews
Live From Birmingham: Dinosaur, Meatraffle, Hollywood...
by Martin Longley
Published: September 16, 2018
Read Binker & Moses At London's Jazz Cafe Live Reviews
Binker & Moses At London's Jazz Cafe
by Chris May
Published: September 15, 2018
Read 12 Points 2018 Live Reviews
12 Points 2018
by Ian Patterson
Published: September 14, 2018
Read Chicago Jazz Festival 2018 Live Reviews
Chicago Jazz Festival 2018
by Patrick Burnette
Published: September 12, 2018
Read "We Four at Dazzle" Live Reviews We Four at Dazzle
by Geoff Anderson
Published: October 31, 2017
Read "Bruselas Flamenco Festival 2018" Live Reviews Bruselas Flamenco Festival 2018
by Martin Longley
Published: March 17, 2018
Read "Rossano Sportiello Trio at The Jazz Corner" Live Reviews Rossano Sportiello Trio at The Jazz Corner
by Martin McFie
Published: January 20, 2018
Read "Detroit Jazz Festival 2018" Live Reviews Detroit Jazz Festival 2018
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: September 19, 2018