Brecker: Jazz magic in one of the most beautiful corners of the world

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Last week Podgorica and Sveti Stefan were hosts of the premiere Made in New York Jazz Festival Montenegro 2016, during which the Montenegrin public had the opportunity to listen to some of the greatest jazz artists including Edsel Gome, Essiet Okon Essiet, Bobby Sanabria, Yaacov Mayman, which were joined by local performers Vladimir Maras, Milorad Sule Jovovic and Micko Wes Perunicic. The winner of multiple Grammy Awards, American jazz musician Randy Brecker was also on the stage there.

In an interview with Dnevne Novine newspaper, Brecker talked about his impressions of Montenegro, the magic of jazz and concerts he had in the former Yugoslavia during 1960s and 1970s.

“When I accepted the invitation to participate in this festival, I searched for pictures of Montenegro, not knowing what to expect. I knew it was a beautiful country, because it can be seen on the photos, but this beauty exceeds all that my brain and my imagination are able to conceive shortly before I arrived. This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful corners of the planet I have visited so far”, said Brecker said, adding that he was impressed by the beauty of the capital Podgorica as well.

“However, I have been the most pleasantly surprised by the people. Everyone I talked to understand the art and particularly music. I simply could not single out what I really liked the most during this stay, because everything is extraordinary in its own way – sights, the nature, food, people, weather… So you can safely expect me to come next year too”, Brecker said.

“I visited this part the world many years ago, even before Yugoslavia broke up. There were great concerts in the region then. However, I visited other, larger cities and never got a chance to visit Montenegro”, he said, adding that his Yugoslavia tour in 1989 was a special one.

“I often say that it could be felt at that time what was going to happen. You could see the excitement of the people and their hunger for freedom. It is amazing how huge steps forward have been made and it is incredible how efficiently democracy put its roots down in the region, how modern the countries are and how they are managing to keep pace with modern trends”, Brecker said.

He believes this part of the world has always had great musicians, who are dedicated to the creation, who invest a lot of time in practicing and who understand all musical genres.

For him, jazz is an integral part of his earliest feelings, since his father was a jazz musician.

“He was a jazz pianist, he had a fantastic record collection and I grew up listening to good music. Throughout my childhood I was followed by the sounds of saxophone, trumpet, double bass, piano…” he said.

According to him, the magic of jazz lies in its rhythm, “that swings and makes people dance in a way that any other musical genre cannot do”.

“Maybe the essence of jazz has been explained the best by Duke Ellington who says ‘It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing’. This phrase was made many, many years ago, but it is still absolutely true. Jazz inspires beautiful emotions and makes you dance, of course, if it is played in the right way”, Brecker said.

Source: Cafe Del Montenegro