Burt-MacDonald Group with Marilyn Crispell
- Kenny Mathieson
- 1 October 2009
Melodic saxophone styles
The imaginative Burt-MacDonald Group, co-led by guitarist George Burt and saxophonist Raymond MacDonald, follow up earlier collaborations with pianist Keith Tippett and Satoko Fujii with this mouth-watering meeting with the great Marilyn Crispell. It will be her first visit to Scotland in some time, and Raymond MacDonald reckons it should suit them down to the ground.
‘We felt that Marilyn’s approach – very open and improvisatory while also retaining a strong focus on melody – fitted very much with our own, and was in keeping with the approach of our previous collaborators. Of course, the fact that she is one of the most important piano players on the contemporary improvisation scene is an added bonus!’
The saxophonist will team up with Crispell in a duo in Newcastle the previous weekend, before they travel north. They will have a day of rehearsal to work out an approach to the concert, a process that will begin with composed material and develop from that kernel.
‘I imagine we will play through some structured melodic material that George and myself have written and see how that works. There will be free improvisations for the whole group as well, and we will probably also try some duo and trio features.’
The gig will coincide with the release of the new Burt-MacDonald CD, Think About It (Textile), featuring Michael Zerang and Fred Longberg Holm from the Peter Brotzmann Tentet alongside Bill Wells and Daniel Padden.
City Halls (Recital Room), Glasgow, Tue 13 Oct