Courtney Pine - Tradition in Transition

This article is from 2009.

Courtney Pine

Putting the meat onto the bones of jazz saxophone traditions

Fresh from being awarded a CBE for services to music earlier this year, Courtney Pine returns to Edinburgh bringing with him his acclaimed Tradition in Transition. But it’s not all a relentless slog. ‘Well, I’ve been working on improving my live show and also producing in the studio,’ says the highly respected and pioneering saxophonist. 'But I’ve also been catching up on all the DVDs and TV I have missed, and looking for that perfect jerk chicken recipe.'

This forthcoming performance will mainly feature tracks taken from Pine’s latest album, as you might expect, with a few old favourites thrown in. But as the charismatic player goes on to explain, Tradition in Transition is also an event with a purpose. ‘It’s a show which reflects the great saxophonist Sidney Bechet’s influence on the music world. I try not to emulate this giant but show how his dedication and the way he made music is, to this day, still influential, vibrant and positive. Because of Bechet’s selflessness, generations of musicians can strive to achieve that level of communication with a live audience. This will be jazz. But not as people know it.’

Queen's Hall, Clerk Street, 0131 668 2019, 2 Aug, 8pm, £19.50 (£16).

Courtney Pine

A creole gumbo of Caribbean, Latin and African flavours, "Tradition In Transition" is Pine’s personal homage to the New Orleans clarinet/soprano sax maestro, Sidney Bechet. An exceptional band includes Cuban jazz violinist, Omar Puente and the brilliant salsa/latin pianist, Alex Wilson. "Laden with memorable melodies…

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