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Miles & Coltrane Blue – (.) (Concrete Generation)

By | Published on Sunday 25 August 2013

“This is jazz, baby! You live this!” proclaims Miles Davis – and for seventy-five minutes, in the company of Concrete Generation, we do. In this fiercely emotive piece of theatre, jazz music is intricately interwoven with spoken word poetry exploring the stories of the musicians and what music means to them. ‘Blue (.)’ evokes the turbulence, excitement and hedonism of the USA during the 1950s. Monologues are underlined by the atmospheric murmur of keyboard and drums; between spoken sections, the actors’ voices shift seamlessly into trumpet and saxophone. Jazz lovers will appreciate this loving homage to two great musicians; non-jazz-lovers will be entranced by the raw beauty of the music, and may just be (as this reviewer was) converted. Exquisite.

C, until 26 Aug, 10.15pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Eilidh Johnstone]