Jazz Review 1

Jazz Review 1 - Rose Harris Googe MUSC 145 Smith October...

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Rose Harris Googe MUSC 145 Smith October 20, 2009 Required Report 1 As I walked into Jack Sprat on Thursday, October 15, I immediately took in the swanky atmosphere of the café. I took my seat, enjoyed my coffee, and waited for the band to begin. Brevan Hampden and Friends progressed through a series of pieces that were mostly new age jazz without many references to older styles. The trio was comprised of a drummer, Hampden, a trumpet player, and a bass player. Given that the band is named after Hampden, it came as no surprise that he was the focal point throughout the show and the drums seemed to carry the band. For the most part, the music didn’t have much of a melody; it was purely driven by the rhythm section and showcased Hampden’s talent. This made for a slow-moving show with songs that could were rather monotonous. The real talent of this group was the improvisation during the solos. Although the solos were rarely integrated with the rest of the piece, they were impressive examples of the performers’ talents. Ultimately, Brevan Hampden and Friends was a slow- moving show with brief glimpses of individual talent. One of the most noticeable features of this group was the talent of the Hampden at the drums. Throughout the night, the drums and the bass drove the pieces forward and actually provided the majority of the melody. Coupled with the bass, the drums provided the heart of the music and then the trumpet acted as an embellishment on top. Similar to Basie’s technique of
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