Karrin Allyson at South in Philly on April 21, 2018. She is sensational live. If you enjoy female jazz singers, you really should see her live. Her records are great but she is so much better live. She is a fine pianist too.
Ron, Interestingly enough, a lot of times they actually do not stop exactly at the same time!! Many times there are a few members of the band or orchestra that fail to get the tempo exactly right, or are not playing at all. So long as the instruments are not percussion based or the player is not a solo ( although sometimes even this can be hard to hear), the sound ---or lack of, is actually unheard in the total output. If this makes sense. The larger the number of instruments on the stage and in some cases the larger the venue, the more this aspect becomes unheard. Oddly enough, it is far easier to hear a mistake in tempo with a small ensemble or group than it is with the large band/orchestra or symphony. The larger the more difficult it is to hear. Mainly due to the fact that the numerous other members are getting the tempo correct, and your ear is not going to hear the slight timing error of one or two mistakes ( made by one or two players--obviously not the whole ensemble/group-- and obviously if that one error prone person is NOT grossly out of tempo).
One of the things that we teach in music, is that if you make a mistake, continue playing on. Stop playing and the mistake becomes VERY evident to all, continue playing and you will probably get away with it.
I saw Christoph Eschenbach conduct the NY Phil last night at Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center. The Mozart Piano concerto #22 was pleasant enough (as my wife says, Mozart never has "angst") but I really went to hear Bruckner's 9th. It was a tough listen, not only because of Bruckner's eccentricities and the conductor's tempi but because a big piece like that in a bad hall is no bueno. Eschenbach is a tough dude to watch. He was brought to Philadelphia (2003-2008) by Roberto Diaz who at the time was principal viola. He previously had the same position in Houston. Diaz is now head of the Curtis Institute. Eschenbach lead the Houston Symphony from 88-99 and is a terrific pianist but apparently was not well liked by his colleagues as he is all intellect and had a reputation for conducting erratically. Not sure why I wasn't more receptive to this Bruckner's 9 (played only with the 3 movements he finished before his death), but I was not impressed.
while I would prefer to use my Sound Devices 702 and schoeps MK4's...that is not stealth enough. Since everyone screws around with their phone at the show...why not record with it and make a professional quality live recording to cherish on your home system ? If you sit where the sound is good, the recording will blow you away...I use an extender cable and use the black foam ball windscreen. Wearing a black shirt, it's invisible. App through iPhone only...no android support. I did Dixie Dregs in March...loud rock recording..left the limiter off and used light compression and recorded 24/48...max resolution. It's amazing what $150 buys you in sound quality. Easy to bring into a concert. http://www.shure.com/americas/produ.../mv88-ios-digital-stereo-condenser-microphone
upcoming shows for me this year...Al Dimeola Electric, Hot Tuna Acoustic, America....so far. Perhaps I will try some chamber music recitals too.
Went to see Sons of Apollo last night. They were very impressive. All 5 members are incredible musicians, but they played together extremely well as a band, which is quite something given that they have only been a band for about a year. Jeff Scott Soto is an incredible singer and a very dynamic frontman, but he doesn’t steal the show from the rest of the incredible talent they have. Mike Portnoy, arguably the most famous/accomplished player in the group, was the only one who didn’t do a solo - and certainly he can drum solo like few others - but I’m sure he did that because he didn’t want Sons of Apollo to be about him.
Get to see Ricky Skaggs here in a few weeks...looking forward to it!
On another note...5th row for Joe Bonamassa this past week. Big fan but I hadn't seen him live. Absolutely terrible.......WAY too loud...just a huge wall of distorted, garbled sound. Couldn't understand a single lyric. Not musical at all. What a disappointment....