Black Dyke and James Morrison

Discussion in ' User Reviews' started by beckyboop, May 23, 2007.

  1. beckyboop

    beckyboop New Member

    Did anyone go to the Bridgewater Concert on Friday night to see (and listen) to Black Dyke and James Morrison? Wow!!! What a fantastic concert!!:clap:

    How does James Morrison play all those instruments to a brilliant standard??

    I have never heard The Corsair so fast and tight, fab!!!:woo

    The choirs and choristers were really good in the African piece, together with the band and Zulu dancers.

    I don't know how Nick Childs keeps bringing new ideas to a brass band concert (probably thats why he has the best job - as well as being a fantastic conductor).

    I believe the following day the concert was held at the Cadogan Hall in London, was this as good?

  2. davidquinlan

    davidquinlan Member

    New Southgate, London
    Yes, it was a great concert.
  3. Texus

    Texus Member

    If you get the chance, try and buy Morrisons' CD of his own big band. He plays absolutely everything, and it really is obscene!
  4. AndyCat

    AndyCat Active Member

    Preston, UK
    To be honest, Morrison is certainly nothing new, although obviously phenomenal!

    I played with him in Wigan about 5-6 years ago, then about 3(?) years ago again, and he's been visiting regularly for longer than that. It's just that we (the brass band movement) never really keep up outside our little cocoon!

    The african stuff is different admittedly though!
  5. sop 1

    sop 1 Member

    south wales
    he was at brecon jazz a good few years ago and was awesome!
  6. jingleram

    jingleram Active Member

    Completely in agreement with you!! I was filming, so was on a camera, which meant I had to concentrate on the visuals, but I was absolutely blown away by it all! 'We've only just begun' was breathtaking! And the African Sanctus was surprisingly good! Black dyke as always, stunning.
  7. beckyboop

    beckyboop New Member

    It is good for the brass band movement to hear someone playing at the level, not just James Morrison but a high quality band like Black Dyke.

    They (Dyke) are reaching out from the brass band cocoon and trying new pieces.

    I know a few other bands have tried something new in concerts.

    Long may this keep going!:woo
  8. Active Member

    Wellingborough, NN8 2QH
    The Black Dyke Band 150th Anniversary Concert has been one of our best-selling DVD.

    Of course, we have high hopes for the DVD of last Friday's concert too.
  9. davidquinlan

    davidquinlan Member

    New Southgate, London
    I have to say, initially, I only went to the concert to hear James Morrison.

    The Band's program for the night also made the night very interesting musically. We weren't treated to the usual brass band concert repertoire (or tripe) which only reinforces brass band stereotypes.
    Brass band concert programs rarely appeal to me, no matter how well played (look at the thread on the forum for the repertoire currently being played).
    Unfortunately, programs such as this are in the minority, and to be fair, probably take a lot of cash to realise.

    Dyke were on stunning form. Le Corsair was flawless, the opening numbers of each half also flawless and exciting. Their accompaniment of Jame Morrison was very effective (ok, it ain't the same as big band, never will be, but it worked for the occasion).
    The African Sanctus while not the most complicated music for the band to deal with, the show itself, dancers, backing tracks choir and band was quite a show. In Cadogan Hall I'm sure the best seats were in stalls and back gallery as the sound from speakers either side of hall was overpowering in the side galleries (so I'm told)
    Vienna Nights brought back 2 months of painful rehearsals (for me at least) last year. It is a superb piece, played very very well by Dyke.

    James Morrisons encore was tremendous too. He played Basin St Blues on trumpet (varying from Louis Armstrong style, to hard bop screamin solo back to Louis style), while comping himself on piano with his left hand... pretty mean feat!
  10. hellyfrost

    hellyfrost Member

    Oldham again
  11. ploughboy

    ploughboy Active Member

    West Yorkshire
    We didn't get an encore on Friday night :-(, not mentioning the Riverdance from Dyke (been there, seen it! as they say). Morrison was awesome, The african sanctus was a great specticle, although sitting near the front at Bridgewater we didn't really hear the voices, hopefully the DVD will have a better balance.

    ROBTHEDOG Member

    A bunch of us from Derwent made it up to Manchester <beep> .. amazing. I think the 4BR sums it up very well but to be there and hear it live was worth the trip.

    He makes it into my TOP 10 live...

    1 Arturo Sandoval
    2 Christian Lindberg
    3 Maynard Fergason
    4 Bobby Shew
    5 Bill Watrous
    6 Joe Alessi
    7 James Morrsion
    8 Wynton Marsalis
    9 Hakan Hardenberger
    10 Chuck Mangioni

    Also worth taking a look at and see the Morrison section there but for high stuff go to VAUGHN NARK ... AMAAAAAAAZING...

    Edit: no need to swear
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