THE OTTAWA JAZZ FESTIVAL
June 20 – July 1
JULIAN LAGE & NELS CLINE
NAC 4th Stage, June 25th
Nels Cline’s latest fame to claim is handling lead guitar chops for alt-country legends Wilco, which serves a perfect noodling middle ground for someone who’s jazzed it up with Charlie Hayden and noised it out with Sonic Youth. Tonight he puts on his jazz hat [if he had one] for some eloquent six-string dueling with young buck Julian Lage. Their interplay is well, playful, mixing intricate string bending without showboating or needless wanking. It’s an obviously joyful experience for both payers, and audience.
GO WEST – BILL FRISELL PLAYS BUSTER KEATON
Laurier Avenue Canadian Music Stage
When Bill Frisell last presented his Buster Keaton ode near these parts (at the excellent Victoriaville International Festival Musique Actuelle) his crack quartet played facing the large screen. It provided a nice silhouette effect for the movie, but it was difficult to see the players in action, especially the animated Joey Baron on the skins. For the Ottawa show, Frisell brought a bunch of monitors so the band could pick up their cues and still face an audience. Nice touch. Baron wasn’t along for this ride, but long time avant jazz percussionist Kenny Wollesen was more than up to the task, chiming in with dinner triangles and gunshots like they were coming off the screen. Frisell injected a nice surf sound punctuated by some slick slide work this time around. This was obviously a treat for the band, and anyone who stayed out late on Wednesday eve.
(pics by js)
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