Duo launch jazz al­bum

GIVE­AWAY

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By DEB­BIE JAMIESON

Well-known Queen­stown mu­si­cians Mark Wilson and Dale Gold have pooled their tal­ents for a spe­cial re­lease at this year’s Queen­stown Jaz­zfest.

Call­ing them­selves DM9 (a play on their ini­tials and a mu­si­cal term) they have put to­gether an al­bum of eight songs called Gusto; ma­te­rial the duo had gath­ered dur­ing reg­u­lar gigs at French restau­rant Les Alpes over two years, be­fore it closed ear­lier this year.

‘‘It’s mostly jazz stan­dards but our own par­tic­u­lar take on them,’’ Wilson said.

They in­cluded the en­ergy of a piece called Alice in Won­der­land to the Blues song You Don’t Know What Love Is, to their own funky ver­sion of the Bea­tles’ Black­bird.

Key­board player Wilson is a reg­u­lar on the jazz scene and with lo­cal pro­duc­tions as well as per­form­ing reg­u­larly with the Master Blasters, with whom he will put on a Jaz­zfest per­for­mance this year as well.

Gold spent 30 years as the prin­ci­pal dou­ble bass player for the New Zealand Sym­phony Orches­tra and has been based in the Wakatipu the last 10 years.

Jaz­zFest trust spokesman Luke Bal­dock said the launch would be one of the free lo­cal gigs around Queen­stown which pro­vided the back­bone to the fes­ti­val.

Back in the day it was at Eichardts and O’Con­nells Ho­tel where mu­si­cians col­lected and jammed since the fes­ti­val be­gan 36 years ago.

With more than 80 mu­si­cians play­ing at 12 dif­fer­ent venues venues, a fo­cus this year was on in­di­vid­ual mu­si­cians with the abil­ity to play in dif­fer­ent en­sem­bles and in dif­fer­ent ar­range­ments.

Bal­dock said he ex­pected a re­turn to the im­pro­vi­sa­tion and spon­tane­ity jazz fes­ti­vals have tra­di­tion­ally been known for.

‘‘Most of our artists are com­ing from Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington and Auck­land so

Mir­ror there’s a real na­tional pool of artists and some lo­cal per­form­ers who are ca­pa­ble of per­form­ing along­side oth­ers.’’

Bal­dock ex­pected high­lights on the pro­gramme to in­clude per­for­mances by Auck­land-based gui­tarist Kara Gor­don, who would be known to lo­cals through his in­volve­ment with Fly My Pret­ties. He per­formed a solo item at El­ton John’s re­cent Dunedin con­cert, opened for Ozzy Os­bourne and has per­formed with Glenn Hughes of Deep Pur­ple, and jammed with gui­tar masters in­clud­ing Ben Harper and Joe Sa­tri­ani.

Gor­don’s main per­for­mance would be at Vinyl Un­der­ground on Satur­day night but he would make other guest ap­pear­ances dur­ing the fes­ti­val and on the com­mu­nity stage on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

A spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion on the Satur­day af­ter­noon in­volved Nairobi Trio mu­si­cians Nigel Gavin and Richard Adams per­form with Caro­line Manins and har­mon­ica player Neil Billing­ton.

As they per­form at the Jacks Point Club House, fid­dler Adams is promis­ing to down his in­stru­ment and paint one of his con­tem­po­rary art pieces to the mu­sic.

Bal­dock said another col­lab­o­ra­tor, drum­mer Dy­lan Elise, would also per­form at sev­eral venues dur­ing the Labour Week­end per­for­mances. Elise’s claim to fame was per­form­ing with well-known US group Blood Sweat and Tears.

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Col­lab­o­ra­tion: Queen­stown mu­si­cians Dale Gold, left, and Mark Wilson will launch their new al­bum when they per­form to­gether at the Mil­len­nium Ho­tel on Oc­to­ber 24 dur­ing the Queen­stown Jaz­zfest.

As spon­sors of the Queen­stown Jaz­zfest the

has a dou­ble Queen­stown Fes­ti­val Pass to give away each week lead­ing up to the Labour week­end fes­ti­val.

The $99 pass will give you en­try to the three con­certs – the Mike Nock Trio on Fri­day night, the Steve Barry Quar­tet on the Satur­day night fol­lowed by a trib­ute to Ella Fitzger­ald with Jen­nine Bai­ley.

To go into the draw to win email us on mir­ror@stl.co.nz with Jaz­zfest in the sub­ject line. Please in­clude your con­tact de­tails.

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