“Parahodot” – If “Bring On The Night” was recorded in Bitola

Parahodot by Popovski Tasevski Quartet album cover for Jazz Fortnight

At a first glance you’ll most likely miss the common thread, but let’s take a second look…

Sting insists that his was not a jazz band — he even goes as far as to write that the nomination of “The Dream of the Blue Turtles” for a jazz Grammy filled him with “horror and embarrassment” — and for the untrained eye looking at Sting’s on-stage presence it may well have been true. But remove the picture, tone down the verbiage, and you get to the instrumentalists, all so carefully assembled, all have distinguished jazz backgrounds, which means they’re more capable of compelling improvisation than almost any rock band.

And here is where we find our first connection. “Bring On The Night” is a reinterpretation of “The Dream of The Blue Turtles” mainly based on the improvisational might of the individual artists, and “Parahodot” reflects the same.
Saso Popovski on guitar, Stefan Tasevski on saxophone and clarinet, Goran Dimitrovski on bass and Zoran Ozo Ristevski on drums, all add to the project with their unique stile of play and skill to perfectly synchronize their improvisation.

It would be arrogant to make a comparison with the musical performance of Branford Marsalis, Darryl Jones, Kenny Kirkland, and Omar Hakim, so no, we are not talking about a direct connection. But as a way to interpret the artists inspiration brought upon their surrounding, whether it’s Paris or Bitola, the parallel is ever-present.

Oh, did we mentioned both are recorded live?

Yes, this is the second thread. “Parahodot” is recorded live at Yeni Mosque Bitola, built in 1558 year by Kadi Mahmud – Efendi. With two traditional compositions “Edno Mome” and “Parahodot” and three authors’ compositions “Pepun”, “Saga” and “Talking Low”, a symbioses of avant-garde jazz and traditional Macedonian music with oriental flavor.

Consider Me Gone (track no. 2 from Bring On The Night)

Edno Mome (track no.1 from Parahodot)

And to wrap-up the loos ends with the last thread we leave you with this;
Both recordings are made some time ago, in an era where technology was not pervasive, so it’s easily to notice how both have “aged” trough the years. But despite the rough edges, do you feel the connection? Can you imagine if the role of both bands was reversed, would they have had sound any different?

We invite you to listen to both and let us know what you think.

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Jazz Fortnight

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