On Wednesday 28th September guitarist Nicolas Meier‘s Group will be performing the album Journey (MGP, 2009) with the original lineup of Pat Bettison on bass and drummer Asaf Sirkis who both play superbly on the album while Roberto Manzin stands in for Gilad Atzmon on reeds.
Missing will be pianist Jose Reinoso who does a convincing job of emulating Atzmon’s authentic middle eastern phrasing on the cd. Many of the pieces on the cd begin slowly and build with contrasting sections of eastern horizontal segments and vertical western passages. Fans of guitar-led world music and East/West collaborations will find much to enjoy at this concert.
Thursday 29th September sees the Nicolas Meier Trio playing selections from their album Breeze (MGP, 2010) on which the band contrast Meier’s eastwards looking originals with familier standards like Body and Soul and Autumn Leaves along with Corea’s Spain and Coltrane’s Countdown. Bassist Paolo Minervini and percussionist Demi Garcia have the same high standard of musicianship, technique and versatility that distinguish Meier’s guitar playing.
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