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.

2 comments:

PapaDee said...

Geday Jex
I'm gonna put the Rancid Tones back together
gissa call desmckenna@yahoo.com,dezzymckenna@gmail.com

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