【 Live Report 】TD Toronto Jazz: Joe Jackson

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Joe Jackson

【 Live Report 】TD Toronto Jazz: Joe Jackson
By Creators’ Lounge staff Takaomi Yoshida

The pianist on the stage was playing drums by his keyboard and doing drums battle with the drummer.
There was such a crazy sight that I could not believe my eyes and ears.

Joe Jackson appeared on the stage at a slack pace.
He took a seat in front of his keyboard, and started to play music.
He dyed the venue vivid colours by his voice like vintage whisky with the beautiful sound of his piano.
I thought it would be such an elegant night.
I had never imagined that he played the songs such as fusion of Electronica and Jazz, and Rock music with 8th note feel with his band members.
The concert had been turned into the energetic songs from the songs like traditional Jazz which they played in the beginning.
Even though he is 61 years old, his music has brilliance and vitality.
I would like to say his music is “cherishing old knowledge, acquiring new”.

The style of his music is not bound by genre or category, and his individuality shines no matter what kind of music he plays. The thing that I felt was Joe Jackson loves music.
I’m sure everyone who were there had same feeling.
There is a variety of discrimination in all times and places. However, music does not have it. That is a fact in the world.
The concert reminded me such an ordinary thing.




Joe Jackson

壇上のピアニストが、キーボードに内蔵されたドラム音源で、本職のドラムスとドラムソロ・バトルを繰り広げているーーー
自分の目と耳を疑わざるを得ない光景が、そこには広がっていた。

ゆっくりとした足取りでステージに現れたジョー・ジャクソン。キーボードの前に座り、おぼろげにその旋律を奏で始める。熟成された年代物のウイスキーのような、深く芳醇な歌声から紡がれる珠玉のメロディが、力強くも繊細なピアノの音色と共に会場を鮮やかな色に染めていった。
ああ、今宵は優雅な夜になりそうだな…、そう思った矢先のこと。
ステージに現れたバンドメンバーと共に、打ち込みを利用したエレクトロニカとジャズの融合曲や、エイトビートのロックナンバーが演奏され、私の予想は大きく裏切られた。熟練の技術に裏付けされたミュージシャン達が奏でる、多様性に富んだ楽曲の数々。およそクラシカルなジャズを披露していた序盤から一転し、活発的なエネルギーに溢れる楽曲が次々と演奏される。齢61歳にしてなお力強い生命力を感じるジョー・ジャクソンの演奏は、まさしく温故知新と言ったところであろう。

ジャンルやカテゴリーに囚われないそのスタイルと、どんな楽曲であろうと光る彼の個性。そこから私が感じたことは、ジョー・ジャクソンが、何よりも音楽を愛しているということであった。もちろん、私だけでなく、会場にいた全ての人々がその想いを共有していたことだろう。
古今東西、世の中には様々な”分け隔て”がある。だが、音楽に垣根はないーそれもまた、この世の常である。
そんな当たり前のことを、思い出させてくれるコンサートだった。




Joe Jackson
Venue: Nathan Phillips Square – Toronto Star Stage
Date: Sat Jul 2 8:30pm
Ticket Price: Reserved $73.50, Lounge GA $68.00, Main Floor GA $62.50
Buy Tickets: Ticketpro Ticket Information: 1-888-655-9090

Joe Jackson was born on August 11 1954 in Burton-on-Trent, England, but grew up in the South Coast naval port city of Portsmouth.

In 1979 “Look Sharp” (containing the hit Is She Really Going Out With Him) was followed within a year by the very similar I’m The Man (containing the hit It’s Different For Girls) and in 1980 by the darker, more reggae-influenced Beat Crazy. At the end of 1980, drummer Houghton decided to quit, and Joe decided to dissolve the band and try something new.

“Jackson has continued to evolve, turning out pop, jazz, movie scores, and original classical compositions.”
– The New Yorker






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