The best of Bond Boris Brott’s Na­tional Academy Orches­tra and Pe­ter Bren­nan’s Jeans ’n Clas­sics band cel­e­brate 007

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E - LEONARD TURNEVICIUS

You know all the catch­phrases.

“Just a drink. A mar­tini, shaken, not stirred.” “The things I do for Eng­land.” You know all the vil­lains. Dr. No. Goldfin­ger. Blofeld. You know all the hench­men like Od­djob and Jaws.

And you know the gadget meis­ter, Q.

And ’fess up. You also know all the girls from Honey Ry­der to Soli­taire and the sug­ges­tive dou­ble en­ten­dre names of each one in between.

And, of course, you know who we’re talk­ing about. The one and only James Bond 007. .

Be­sides pin­ning its suc­cess on ur­bane ac­tors, smart one-lin­ers, up­roar­i­ous bad guys, groovy gad­gets, and eye-pop­ping eye candy, the Bond fran­chise, from 1962’s “Dr. No” to 2015’s “Spec­tre,” has been un­der­scored by un­for­get­table ear candy. Monty Nor­man’s 1962 “James Bond Theme,” or­ches­trated by John Barry, is a case in point, of­fer­ing the lis­tener a per­fectly pre­cise pré­cis in mu­sic of the suave se­cret agent.

Back in a 2008 in­ter­view for the trade rag, Va­ri­ety, Bri­tish film com­poser David Arnold, who scored four Bond flicks, de­scribed Nor­man’s theme as “be­bop swing vibe cou­pled with that vi­cious, dark, dis­torted elec­tric gui­tar ... it rep­re­sented ev­ery­thing about that char­ac­ter you would want: it was cocky, swag­ger­ing, con­fi­dent, dark, dan­ger­ous, sug­ges­tive, sexy, un­stop­pable.”

Next Friday, Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m., you can hear some of the best mu­sic from the Bond films as ar­ranged by Pe­ter Bren­nan when his Jeans ’n Clas­sics band bonds with Boris Brott’s Na­tional Academy Orches­tra for “Shaken not stirred — The Mu­sic of James Bond” un­der the aegis of the Brott Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in LIUNA Sta­tion, 360 James St. N. Not sur­pris­ingly, the open­ing set will begin with Bren­nan’s take on Nor­man’s “James Bond Theme.”

“It’s where it all comes from, isn’t it?” asked Bren­nan rhetor­i­cally over the line from his Lon­don, Ont., home. “It’s the sig­na­ture piece, which is a joy to play.”

The two sets won’t fol­low the chrono­log­i­cal or­der of Bond movies. So, vo­cal­ist Rique Franks will chime in with “You Only Live Twice” from 1967 then “Sky­fall” from 2012. There­after, vo­cal­ist Neil Donell will let loose with “Thun­der­ball” from 1965 and the 2006 David Arnold-Chris Cor­nell tune, “You Know My Name,” be­fore ced­ing to Franks for “For Your Eyes Only” from 1981 and “To­mor­row Never Dies” from 1997.

Af­ter in­ter­mis­sion, “Bon­dover­ture,” a pot­pourri of Bond themes as­sem­bled by Bren­nan will be fol­lowed by Donell do­ing Sam Smith’s “Writ­ing’s on the Wall.” Bren­nan and Brott will then di­vert into a mini-set of “Day­dream Be­liever,” a hit orig­i­nally for The Mon­kees, Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On,” Burt Bacharach-Hal David’s “The Look of Love” from the 1967 Bond spoof “Casino Royale,” and The Zom­bies’ “Time of the Sea­son.”

“We de­cided a few years ago to lighten it up just a lit­tle bit, and to in­clude some Austin Pow­ers themes,” said Bren­nan. “It’s 15 min­utes of pleas­ant di­ver­sion.”

Af­ter that brief di­ver­sion, Bren­nan and Brott will get back to Bond, tak­ing aim at “A View to a Kill,” “No­body Does It Bet­ter,” and to end, Paul and Linda McCart­ney’s “Live and Let Die.”

On pa­per, things look to be en­ter­tain­ing. But it’s not an easy show to play for Brott’s NAO or Bren­nan’s Jeans ’n Clas­sics — Bren­nan on gui­tar, John Re­gan on keys, Mitch Tyler on bass, and Jeff Christ­mas on drums — be­cause they’re con­stantly shift­ing gears from song to song, from style to style, time trav­el­ling from era to era.

“That’s what makes it such a cool show to per­form,” said Bren­nan. “But it does make it dif­fi­cult be­cause you gotta turn around and be able to pull off Alicia Keys hav­ing pulled off Nancy Si­na­tra. The band has to have a very good over­view of, you don’t play a 60s tune the same way that you play a ’90s tune, a 2000s tune, an ’80s tune. You have to have your head into those decades and use your ex­pe­ri­ence and your chops and your ears, big time. And that goes for the orches­tra.”

For their encore, Bren­nan’s band and Brott’s bunch will rock out like its 1964 with “Goldfin­ger.”

“That’s just in case any­body thought we’d for­got­ten it,” chuck­led Bren­nan.

Tick­ets are $41, se­nior $38, Brott35 $25, stu­dent $15. Call 905525-7664.

Leonard Turnevicius writes about clas­si­cal mu­sic for The Hamil­ton Spec­ta­tor. leonard­turnevi­

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