19 ottobre 2014

Nella sezione Brief Encounters del suo blog Rant & Dawdle, William E. (Bill) Smith scrive del trombonista inglese Paul Rutherford, scomparso nel 2007, e di una delle sue più importanti formazioni, Iskra 1903. Con un vivido ricordo della primissima volta che lo sentì suonare, al Little Theatre Club londinese, una sera d'autunno del 1966: "Back then there was a plethora of pub back rooms where jazz could be heard, but it was up four flights of narrow stairs – delayed by a pint of best bitter in the tiny lobby bar – into the Little Theatre Club, hidden away from the hustle of the city in St. Martins Place, that we chose. Here we experienced a startling new form of music based entirely in improvisation, on the quick-witted dexterity of co-operative players. The home of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, a group conjured up from the imagination of three chums; drummer John Stevens, saxophonist Trevor Watts and Paul Rutherford. Paul’s trombone was playing full of unimaginable sounds, unorthodox techniques never before witnessed; vocalizations, circular breathing, multi-phonics, all integrated into a gutsy dixieland brawling. What a night it turned out to be, discovering that jazz was once again travelling a new path, inspired in part on concepts developed by Ornette Coleman toward the end of the previous decade. The shape of jazz to come with an English accent."