Duo launch jazz album
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.
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.
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