Artist: Didier Lockwood
Album: The Unique Concert
Genre: Jazz, Fusion
02. Zebulon Dance
03. Fast travel
04. Halfway House
06. Interview d’Aldo Romano
Concert at the Paris Jazz Festival on November 1, 1980 at the Théâtre de la Ville.
This is a pretty straight ahead jazz date by Allan’s standards, as he isn’t the leader here, and the other players are in more ‘jazz/jazz’ mode, but his tone is still very electric and unmistakenably him and he plays thrillingly great.
“On November 1, 1980 at the Théâtre de la Ville de Paris, an exceptional concert brought together some of the greatest French and European jazz musicians of that time. An exceptional roster that is not necessarily the assurance of a big concert, and yet, that evening, it was!
It was time for the merger, 3 tracks are signed by Beck and 2 by Lockwood. Romano is indeed the last musician to participate in this concert still alive. He speaks of true “osmosis” between them all that night and and how they all understood each other immediately musically: This was music without borders, fusing forms, filled with ideas (Holdsworth’s guitar is always fascinating, Beck’s melodies brilliant, Romano’s drums bring structure and invention…).
Romano says there was a friendly competition between Lockwood and Holdsworth to find out who would play the fastest! We feel the pleasure they had to play together, their mutual respect and the public is not mistaken, each brings his qualities but without ever trying to pull the all the attention to him (this is unfortunately the frequent risk of a concert where big personalities are gathered on the same stage…).
A unique concert that one must hear!”
Didier Lockwood – violin
Aldo Romano – drums
Allan Holdsworth – electric guitar
Gordon Beck – piano
Jean-François Jenny-Clark – double bass