On May 8th, we premiered a new monthly jazz concept at the new Fana culture house, called Jazzspinneriet. Our quartet have agreed with the local municipal culture office to give jazz concerts between 2pm and 4 pm on the second Saturday of every month, from May 2010 until January 2011.
Apart from presenting our current repertoire, we aim at presenting soloists from our area in Bergen, and to provide emerging talents with a backing band. Since we appear on a monthly basis, we need to refresh our repertoire constantly, which is an interesting challenge which motivates us in terms of picking tunes, and transcribing and rehearsing those.
On our first concert, we presented the repertoire which we have been working on for the last year or so. We opened with Wayne Shorter’s “Black nile”, continuing with Chick Corea’s “500 miles high”. For the opening tunes, I used my synth MIDIed to the software studio Reason where I used a preset from the “Electo magnetic” Refill package for my distorted Fender Rhodes sound. Here is a full version of our version of “500 miles high“, featuring Pia Tømmernes (sax), Jan Tore Ness (drums) and Peter Sæverud (bass).
We did several numbers by Wayne Shorter. Another with Rhodes solo, is “Footprints” where we opted for the harmonisation of The New Realbook 1 for the turnaround at the end of each chorus. Footprints We also did Wayne Shorter’s “Fee-fi-fo-fum” which has a very interesting chord change, which is discussed at Allaboutjazz . Here is my piano solo on that particular tune.
Finally, we did a very impromptu version of Paul Desmond’s classic “Take five”. In my solo, I attempt at doing some of the stuff that I have been practicing lately; outside playing, double hand techniques etc.