A performance of Aicha by Tunde Jegede on Kora and Abderrazak Hadir on Sintir. Filmed on location in Tafza, Morocco in 2012.
Friday, March 09, 2012
We settled in for a purely improvised set of “archaic Nubian” bizness from the trio Black Top. Improv is an art in itself and while it tends generate a combination of alienation and pure reverence, I like think we sometimes overlook it’s lighter moments and those fleeting snatches of humour.
The first Jazz in the Round featured Blacktop - Steve Williamson on saxes, Orphy Robinson on vibes and Pat Thomas on keyboards and electroncs. Free improvisation - pretty exciting, one-off and original. Plus wacky electronic noises...http://rhythmaning.livejournal.com/347359.html
The headliners for the evening were Black Top, the first outing for this new trio of Steve Williamson, looking very Prezidential in a pork-pie hat, on tenor and soprano saxophones, Orphy Robinson on marimba and Pat Thomas on keyboards and electronics. Playing wholly improvised music, they spanned several genres in their short set, meeting Nelson’s criteria for the evening all on their own.
Topping the bill was Black Top, in trio mode, a totally improvised set by resurgent tenor and soprano saxophonist Steve Williamson, pianist/ keyboardist Pat Thomas and Orphy Robinson on marimba.