When Giraudo channeled the big band and folkloric spirit through careful orchestration, the music sounded vital—the careful deployment of techniques and aesthetics rather than wishy-washy nostalgia. When history served merely as a flourish—the flamenco clapping, Davis' overly excited Swing Era drum solo—the music sounded dated, out-of-touch. In this premiere performance, the Pedro Giraudo Jazz Orchestra probed for its best sound, erring occasionally, but, in the best big band tradition, making up for shortcomings with sustained punch and vigor.
My father was playing jazz and and free jazz during the '80s in Paris.
My first cassettes when I was a kid were a compilation of Duke Ellington's orchestra on side A and Count Basie's orchestra on Side B.
My first CD was a live performance of Thelonious Monk in Europe in 60's.
I saw Miles live in 1991 in Nyon Paleo Festival.