Video: PAL / NTSC, aspect ratio: 16:9
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0
Special features: Simon Nabatov on Herbie Nichols; Simon Nabatov: A Portrait; PanRec trailers
DVD release date: November 24, 2010
This DVD is a cooperation between PanRec and Plushmusic, an online platform for live classical, jazz and world music.
This video is also available online at www.plushmusic.com.
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Herbie Nichols (1919–1963) was a remarkable jazz pianist and composer, who, sadly, never attained the recognition he undoubtedly deserved while alive. His visionary innovations, so amply evident in his compositions, are as fresh and strong today as back in the 50’s.
A number of musicians have been fascinated by his unique musical world and have dedicated part of their activities to it: Misha Mengelberg, Ruswell Rudd, Steve Lacy, most notably; later also Geri Alen, Frank Kimbrough, Marty Krystall and Buell Neidlinger among others.
Simon Nabatov “discovered” for himself the music of Nichols soon after he came to live in New York in 1979. The unusual combination of a wicked humor, twisted formal procedures, juxtaposition of the refined European harmonies (Satie or Bartók) and the rhythmic sensibilities harking back to the West Indies and Africa – all of it was most appealing to Nabatov – and, indeed, still is. Even though Nabatov soon learned most of the (back then) known tunes, playing them in public, and especially in a concentrated form of a solo concert, is a new development in his activities.
The tunes included in Nabatov’s new solo program were originally recorded by Herbie Nichols in trio during the legendary Blue Note sessions of 1955–56 and represent the artistic quintessence of Nichols’s musical genius.
1. 2300 Skiddoo
2. The Spinning Song
3. Lady Sings the Blues
4. Twelve Bars
5. The Third World
6. Sunday Stroll
All compositions by Herbie Nichols
Simon Nabatov – piano
A Plushmusic production
Filmed live at Loft in Cologne as part of the Plushmusic Festival, February 6, 2009
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Robert Nacken
Camera operators: Bernhard Redding, Matthew Jolly
Edited by Balsa Boskovic and Matthew Jolly
Produced by Hayden Chisholm
Many thanks to Hans-Martin Müller
Year of production: 2009
Duration: 50 minutes