GERARD COUSINS (MILES DAVIS) PROJECT 12noon – 12.55pm @ GUILDHALL
LINEUP: Gerard Cousins (classical guitar), David Cooper Orton (electric guitar), Dan Newberry (sax), Andy Nowak (piano) Joel McIver (GC mini bass guitar), Tim Greany (drums)
Miles Davis Tribute / Quintet – Interpreting ‘In a silent way’
Renowned (Brecon born) classical guitarist Gerard Cousins performs this unique ‘Tribute to Miles Davis” with his re-interpretation of Miles’ classic 1969 album ‘In a Silent Way’. In his new arrangement the music segues seamlessly from the ethereal beauty of the title track to the downright groovy. The 45 minutes concert transcends labels: “It is neither jazz nor rock. It isn’t what will eventually become known as fusion, either. It is something altogether different, something universal.”
Gerard is joined onstage by fellow guitarist David Cooper Orton whose incredible setup of electronic effects allows him to re-create the textures inspired by Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul and Chick Corea on the original recording. Andy Nowak (Piano), Tim Greany (Drums) and Joel McIver (Electric Bass) are charged with laying down the groove and Dan Newberry (Tenor Sax) adds a bebop flavour to the solos with his fearless and enthusiastic playing.
“Gerard Cousins is a rare guitar player. A master of the classical idiom and the range of techniques which it demands, he is equally at home rearranging avant-garde composers, crafting his own compelling pieces or branching out in unexpected directions… “Cousins has reached a rarefied point where his stunning playing is matched by his artistic vision” Acoustic magazine
For those who don’t know – “In a Silent Way” is a studio album released 48 years ago in 1969 on Columbia Records. The album was recorded in one session at CBS 30th Street Studio in New York City. Incorporating elements of classical sonata form, and marking the beginning of Miles’ “electric” period. In a Silent Way has been regarded by music writers as Davis’s first fusion recording, following a stylistic shift toward the genre in his previous records and live performances. The album was met by controversy among music critics, particularly those of jazz and rock music, who were divided in their reaction to its experimental musical structure and Davis’s electronic approach.
Since its initial reception, it has been regarded by fans and critics as one of Davis’s greatest and most influential works. A must go to even if ‘avant-garde’ is not quite your scene.
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