Sid Smith – Gezmataz report Part 1

Arriving In Genoa

Leaving the hotel…

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I met up with Lee Haynes who handles PR for Rarenoise Records who were sponsoring a night at the Genoa Jazz Festival. I’d been asked if I’d like to review the event for a couple of publications. Obviously it took me about a nanosecond to say yes.

Into Stansted…

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Onto a full flight…

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Arriving in Genoa…

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Lee and I cabbed it from the tiny airport to our hotel on the harbour in 15 minutes. After settling in we went for a walkabout…

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The view of the rehearsal rooms…

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The view from the rehearsal rooms…

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The view inside the rehearsal rooms…

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 Fabrizio Puglisi, Lorenzo Fornasari
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Eivind Aarset,
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Gianluca Petrella, Lorenzo Feliciati, Cristiano Calcagnile
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 Rare Noise Record’s eminence grise, Giacomo Bruzzo
Later in the evening we ate in a restaurant next to the harbour and next to the venue where the Steve Swallow quintet (including Carla Bley) were playing. Unfortunately for us a dance venue on the otherside decided to get some um-cha um-cha beats going which, when the breeze changed direction, intruded on the rather splendid Swallow set.  You wouldn’t think something that looked so nice could be so pernicious…
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