Played Twice - Mingus Ah Um - transientlife

Visiting a new venue for the first time is always a bit special; can I remember the first time I went to the Free Trade Hall, the Electric Circus, Rafters, the Band On The Wall, The Vortex? Well yes, kind of, at least I have a confected memory in my head of all these places. But, Brilliant Corners, another great hang-out in Dalston – this is one for the future, not the past. I never managed to catch the bus on the classic album Sunday route, but with Played Twice, you not only get the classic album playback, in reverential silence and virtual darkness, which was a revelation for an album that I’m quite well acquainted with, but then, hold the front page, you get the whole thing again with added twiddly bits, reinterpreted by some of the finest musicians on the jazz circuit. The audience and band sit cheek by jowl, it was dark as pitch in there, so the pictures have plenty of retro grain. But what an atmosphere this place generates. Wicked night. Great stuff. The guy reading from the Mingus autobiography is the owner/founder – I do believe the next Played Twice will feature the work of Don Cherry – can’t wait.

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