26 marzo 2015


Il bel concerto offerto sabato scorso al club londinese Vout-O-Reenee's dal Westbrook Trio ha riservato, tra le tante delizie di un repertorio ricamato attorno al tema di un'attesa e ormai imminente primavera, la prima esecuzione in pubblico di Sonnet for Stephen, brano composto in ricordo dello scomparso Stephen J. Hewitt e da qualche giorno circolante tra amici e sostenitori in una versione per settetto ripresa ad Exeter a inizio anno.
Attende ora i Westbrook un'intensa stagione di concerti per big band con l'esilarante A Bigger Show, una ripresa corale di Glad Day e, sempre in tema di festeggiamenti per la centesima pubblicazione dello Smith's Academy Informer, la divulgazione di un'inedita registrazione integrale di After Smith's Hotel datata 1983.

The Informer’s idiosyncratic name derives from musical discoveries made while the Westbrook Trio were on tour in 1983 and stayed at Smith's Hotel on Glasgow's Sauchiehall Street. Mike found a chord that opened up new ideas he then incorporated into After Smith's Hotel and subsequent compositions. The chord and its ramifications transmuted into Smith's Academy, ‘the travelling university of musical exploration’. The Informer has followed international tours, by a succession of bands, playing everything from the most prestigious festivals to the most obscure jazz clubs. Musically it has followed the evolution of the Westbrooks’ unparalleled catalogue, which ranges from from large-scale compositions, operas and jazz/classical collaborations to music theatre and jazz cabaret.
The 100th edition of the Informer may be viewed, and back issues from SAI 81 can be read on the WestbrookJazz website. Complete sets of the magazine are held at the National Jazz Archive and the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt.

http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk
http://www.westbrookjazz.co.uk/sai/index.shtml
http://vout-o-reenees.com/events/the-westbrook-trio