There was a sense of restraint which was tangible at times, and the first half, in particular, took on something of a concert feel as each piece was almost formally introduced by one of the Harts. The second half was freer, and the players immersed themselves in the music, listening intently to each other, reading reactions and creating music which, at times, encouraged an irresistible urge to laugh out loud or, at others, simply close the eyes and drift with the music into blissful oblivion.
Café Oto is not the best setting acoustically. It has many corners and lots of furniture and clutter which seem to swallow the sound, but it more than makes up for this with its welcoming ambience and relaxed feel which suits a gig like this; the band is close to the audience, which also makes for a special ambience. It was really good to see the broad age range in the audience.
The gig delivered what every People Band gig offersunpredictable, unexpected sounds, brought forth by some of the most versatile and gifted jazz players around. They create music which is, at times, beautiful in the purest sense of the word and sometimes almost unlistenable, but is always interesting and fun. As improvisers the members of The People Band excel. Each individual is outstanding in his/her own right and they are all involved with their own projects outside of the group. However, it is when they join together on one small stage that the magic happens.
Whilst the world changes and moves at an ever more frantic pace, The People Band is a reminder that at a time decades ago some young men took a forward role in the freeform movement, and they are still here, doing what they have always done.
In his segue leading to Day's solo, Figgis commented that when the band got together again in the early 2000s, after a hiatus of some decades, he questioned at the time whether it was a good idea. The reaction of the crowd gathered at Café Oto must surely have given him the answerit was definitely a good idea.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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