New York Jazz Giants of 1992 review

A Review of New York Jazz Giants of 1992

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The jazz concert I watched is called New York Jazz Giants of 1992, performed at Newport Jazz Festival. I watched the performance through the YouTube channel. I saw audiences were wearing waterproof coats since it was a rainy season. Most of the audiences were middle-aged men and women and a few young people. I started to think older people attended the event because it reminded them of favorite jazz music they used to listen to during their childhood. Regardless, the mood experienced in the place seemed somewhat uplifting, as jazz inspired the performers and audiences with the ‘meaning of life.’ There were not many instruments brought to the stage, and performers wore casual clothes. Before the performance, I watched preparation for the big event as audiences secured their seats to get a clearer view. What amazed me was the casual appearances of both the performers and audiences; it was as though they had come to celebrate jazz in a collective effort and at the comfort of an individual’s emotions.

Pieces that interested me the most included "New York Attitudes," Grew’s Tune," and "Beatitudes." They were all great solos, mainly led by the trumpeter Bobby Watson and another performer playing the four-stringed guitar at the end of the "Grew’s Tune" piece (Jazz on MV, 2014). Watson appears to mix jazz style and style because the "Grew’s Tune" piece has original and improvised versions of jazz. The two musical instruments are joined by the piano rhythm sectioned by the piano performer. In "Beatitudes," the trumpet, piano, drums, choro, and copper cymbals build long dramatic crescendos, which I heard were shifting from soft to mysterious grooves. The piece also benefited from the deep-toned bass produced by the four-stringed guitar, which is played due to its tonal proximity to trumpet’s B flat pitch (Jazz on MV, 2014). The musical range of the performance was exemplary due to the agile performance by Watson. How he managed to maintain circular breathing to ensure phrases consistently connected inspired me.

The jazz style that impressed me from the New York Jazz Giants was the richness of the rhythm and texture formed by pianists and alto saxophonists from the beginning to the end of the performance. In their repertoire, the best tunes they featured included "Beatitudes." I discovered it must have many improvisatory passages from the original version. In this piece, Watson sets up so fast within a short time that the performance charges the audience with a rhythmic mood. It was unlikely the alto saxophone performer remembered every note produced in the original version for the "Beatitude" piece. This suggests he must have improvised on the alto notes (Jazz on MV, 2014). The performance followed a pattern typical of past years, but there was a mixture of jazz styles with improvised styles to produce a popular jazz music taste. The New York Jazz Giants set up high standards with alto sax and tenor performers’ admirable solos.

The performance was exciting too, because of the solo performance from the beginning to the end. Something unique about the performance was the playing of only instruments the entire time. The performers perfected how to introduce their instruments in every piece following a smooth transition. The performance made me feel relaxed and think of jazz music. I love listening during lunchtime. I want next time to attend jazz concerts featuring different styles to understand how famous jazz artists differ in the songs they composed.

References

Jazz on MV. (2014). New York Jazz Giants – Full Concert – 08/16/92 – Newport Jazz Festival

(OFFICIAL). YouTube. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMT27jG-2Nc