Paolo C & François O

Concert of the year? Paolo Conte’s shows are always special, but his Festival Hall date on Saturday – part of the London Jazz Festival – was even more atmospheric than usual. (The venue helped. Last time I saw him, a couple of years ago, he was marooned in the wide open spaces of the Albert Hall.) You could argue, of course, that Conte’s music doesn’t really qualify as jazz, although anyone who really thinks that probably believes there’s something suspect about an artist who writes tuneful music that swings. My five-star Times review is here [£]. Richard Williams also has a typically thoughtful piece on his Blue Moment blog.  One thing that occurred at the end of the evening is that in all the times I’ve seen Conte, going back almost twenty years, I don’t recall hearing him play “Sparring Partner”, a soft rock song that François Ozon used so brilliantly on the soundtrack of his film “5×2”.  One day, perhaps…

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