'The Theme for The Irishman'

Robbie Robertson ''score musicians'' for Martin Scorsese's brilliant The Irishman that marlbank managed to catch last night, are Frederic Yonnet, harmonica, Randy Kerber, piano, George Doering, guitar, Reggie Hamilton, bass, and Jim Keltner, drums. …

Published: 9 Nov 2019. Updated: 8 months.

Robbie Robertson ''score musicians'' for Martin Scorsese's brilliant The Irishman that marlbank managed to catch last night, are Frederic Yonnet, harmonica, Randy Kerber, piano, George Doering, guitar, Reggie Hamilton, bass, and Jim Keltner, drums. If you see the film stay for the credits not to read all the minutiae necessarily but to hear what happens as the music changes from archival doo wop gradually to original music. The credits do go on a bit. When you come to a particular electric guitar solo, however, you will be very glad that you did linger until it is just you and the doorman waiting to turn off the lights. There is some great groove here too particularly in the latter part of the end credits. The harmonica part is fantastic.

Above, is 'The Theme for The Irishman,' which recurs as a motif throughout the film. Harmonica again very significant and think back to Midnight Cowboy how effectively Toots Thielemans' harpology worked in that classic movie.

Returning to the end credits right at the end the Van Morrison vocal guesting with Robertson on 'I Hear You Paint Houses' previously discussed in these pages wafts in and out of earshot in an audio collage. You can hear the song properly on YouTube but the hints as the credits roll if you don't know the song will make you prick up your ears and send you searching. SG pic: marlbank

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Freeness: what got played on the first show

What a great start to Freeness the new ''free-improv''-friendly BBC Radio 3 show. Corey Mwamba, his voice euphoniously modulating, has hit the ground running. The first show track playlist is below: 1 Tomeka Reid 'Old New' 2 Run Logan Run '33 Hours'

Published: 8 Nov 2019. Updated: 8 months.

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What a great start to Freeness the new ''free-improv''-friendly BBC Radio 3 show. Corey Mwamba, his voice euphoniously modulating, has hit the ground running. The first show track playlist is below:

1 Tomeka Reid 'Old New'

2 Run Logan Run '33 Hours'

3 Charlotte Keeffe 'Noizemaschin!!' Solo Improvisation

4 Lucia Cadotsch & Julian Sartorius 'Don't Explain (Julian Sartorius Version)'

5 Sloth Racket, Cath Roberts, Sam Andreae, Anton Hunter, Seth Bennett & Johnny Hunter 'We Decide What's Next'

6 Keith Tippett 'The Pool'

7 David Birchall 'One'

8 Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra 'Parallel Signs II - (feat. Evan Parker & soloist Evan Parker)'

9 J Frisco 'Drowning For Now'

The new Radio 3 jazz show began on Saturday 2 November at midnight. The executive producer of the new hour-long show concentrates on free jazz, in the improv sense not only but also its corollaries in electronica, folk, etc, Joby Waldman explained the vision of the show to marlbank earlier in the autumn ahead of the official announcement. The show “celebrates improvised music in all its forms,” he explained.

Concentrating on CD play Freeness will also include “guests invited in from the community”. It won’t however involve live recording in the outside broadcast sense but will sometimes play, as Waldman, also a director of Reduced Listening the company who are producing the weekly programme elaborated, live recordings. Producers working on the show he revealed are another former Somethin’ Else alumnus and producer at Jazz on 3 Chris Elcombe. Rebecca Gaskell (known for her work on Late Junction) is at the helm.

The missing link back to Impressions which was continued by Jazz on 3 and to an extent Jazz Now is active once again. However, it must be said that Radio 3 needs to add more jazz content to the network not less which alas has been the trend recently otherwise all the progress made by such pioneering controllers as Roger Wright will be negated eventually if current jazz retrenchment is allowed to continue by the powers that be.

Jazz is a natural fit for Radio 3 and needs to be treated equitably now and in the future otherwise why ought a percentage of the estimated 2m who go to hear jazz annually in the UK tune in to the network if it is not serving in sufficient quantity of programmes the music we are looking to hear? The danger is that we will drift away. However, Freeness is a step in the right direction and has got off to a good start.

Listen via this link.