Friday, May 22, 2009

Jex Saarelaht Quartet

Wednesday 20 May

Chapel Off Chapel again. Jex on piano, Julien Wilson on tenor sax, Johnathon Zwartz on bass, Niko Schauble on drums.

Such a pleasure to hear Jonathon. Last time I heard him was at a gig with Tina Harrod singing and Hamish Stuart on drums and Matt McMahon on keyboard at a pub in Sydney. His CD The Sea is a beautiful thing.

Jex has a smiling way about him. I asked him if there was anything he wanted me to say during the introduction. "Whatever you want" was his reply. So that's what I did. It's easier tonight than it was last night. I aksed the lighting guy to adjust the light so that I could see something other than glare and the front half of the microphone... and I guess that announcements get easier with practicse.

And then the music. This was music that made you want to look up to the sky.

I think that's why the song titles are all mashed on my page, except the third one, 5 19 (it's harder to mash numbers)

Things I noticed, while looking skywards:
  • Niko's extraordinarly large and floppy cymbal. It's spectacular to watch - like a big jelly fish.
  • The softening interplay between Jex on piano and Julien's sax on the first song.
  • The solo by Julien in the second song
  • Jonathon's introduction (wow!) to 5 19
  • The joke that Jonathon and Jex were sharing in the fourth song (what was it!?)
  • Julien's whistling saxophone in the last song.
Set break and raspberry tea...

DID YOU KNOW That if you take a cup of raspberry tea half way through a glass of 'okay' shiraz and then go back to the shiraz, it's suddenly better. A strange but effective way to improve a glass of wine. Highly recommended!

Thanks to Roger Mitchell for pictures again.


PapaDee said...

Geday Jex
I'm gonna put the Rancid Tones back together
gissa call,

Peter Forrester said...

Hi. Heard Jex Saarelaht Quartet at Bennett's Lane on Sunday 17th May 2015. It was wonderful. Catch Bennett's Lane; less than a month before it closes. Cheers Peter Forrester