Just Jazzing

by A.M.

I don’t remember anymore. Did I feel more pain or pleasure? The soprano saxophone played with my feelings all evening long… made me happy and my heart took the shape of the biggest smile ever, it flooded the entire hall and made other people happy as well. You will of course ask me, how can a saxophone just do that? It’s really, really simple. He was played by Sir Sam Newsome .
„The Jazz Transcriptions of the Transilvanian Music” made me see our green valleys and feel the pain and sorrow reigning the beauty of it all, made me see our old, frail, empty villages. After that, it threw me straight into the abyss and I could feel the pain and joy of everything that touched and marked my soul forever… because everything did and does.
I mean it. I heard “ doina” played at the saxophone and I could also remember how playing music with leaves sounded like… I did.
Finally, the artistry of it all: Mr. Newsome’s solos: Beyond a genuine display of professionalism and talent… I am of opinion that Mr. Newsome wasn’t playing with his body. He was more than a saxophone player, he was part of a flow, a constant ethereal flow. He Was the Music he was playing.

P.s. …and this was about SAM NEWSOME & LUCIAN BAN Ensemble – The Romanian-American Jazz Suite ( 17 May, Cluj- Napoca)

P.s. 2: „The Jazz Transcriptions” were made by Lucian Ban, who luckily emigrated to America in order to bring us his music here and of course Mr. Sam Newsome.

Nu imi aminetsc care dintre cele doua m-au dominat in seara de 17 mai: durerea sau placerea? Saxofonul s-a jucat cu inima mea toata seara… m- a facut fericita si a dat inimii mele forma de zambet, m-a inundat pe mine si intreaga sala de fericire. Ma veti intreba, fireste: cum poate doar un saxofon sa faca asa ceva? Este foarte, foarte simplu. La el canta dl. Newsome, Sam Newsome.
“ The Jazz Transcriptions of Transylvanian Music” m-au facut sa vad vaile noastre verzi si sa simt durerea si amarul domnind peste ele, m-a facut sa vad satele noastre batrane, gingase si pustii. Dupa aceea, m-a aruncat in abis si am simtit toata durerea si bucuria ce mi-au atins sufletul vreodata… pentru ca totul si toate il ating.
Va spun, am auzit doina cantata la saxofon si mi-am amintit ce inseamna sa canti din frunza… am auzit.
In cele din urma, maiestria miraculoasa a solo-urilor d-lui Newsome:
Dincolo de naturaletea profesionalismului si a talentului…  sunt de parere ca d-l Newsome nu canta cu ajutorul corpului sau. El era parte a unui flux eteric si constant coborat de undeva din ceruri. El Era Saxofonul, Era Muzica pe care o canta.

P.s. toate acestea au fost despre: SAM NEWSOME & LUCIAN BAN Ensemble – The Romanian-American Jazz Suite ( 17 mai, Cluj- Napoca)

Ps.2 The Jazz Transcriptions au fost realizate de Lucian Ban, care din fericire pentru noi a emigrat in America pentru a ne putea aduce muzica sa aici si desigur, pe dl. Sam Newsome.

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