Live At Golden Dawn
Recorded a couple of years back at Golden Dawn (R.I.P. What a venue!) this is the music of composer and pianist Jonathan Besser. Here, The Zestniks serve up his Gimmel suite and a few other songs on the side. It’s an amazing octet of musicians young and old – huge talents, all of them.
There are old connections (Besser and guitarist Nigel Gavin have worked together often) and there’s a new guard of amazing musical wizardry – the drummer Alistair Deverick for instant. Or Mr Carniverous Plant Society Finn Scholes (here on vibraphone and trumpet).
Vocalist Carolina Moon floats over and through the songs, like Ute Lemper before here.
There are shades of Bacharach and Morricone combined on the opening Gimel 1, the brace of songs that directly follow, A Bird Without Wings and Light Pressure Building, highlights Besser’s way with amporphous post-modern torch-balladry. Moon is subtly supported in her role by the strings of Peau Halapua (violin) and Sophie Buxton (viola), by Eamon Edmundston Wells’ stirring double bass.
Hints of jazz, Klezmer, show tunes – Besser stirs the point, offering glimpses and hints of all, making something unique as a result; chamber-pop dances down the spine of mini-orchestra reveries.
A fine souvenir for any that were there on the night – or for those who were there the several times that Golden Dawn opened minds and allowed such music to soar. Just as crucial to hear if you were not there, if you are hearing it – or Besser (one of this country’s most gifted, diverse and prolific composers) – for the first time.
For more information contact Jonathan Besser on 02102745724 or firstname.lastname@example.org