Thinky, drinky or slinky? This is what I ask myself when I look at the multitudes of performers at this year's Montreal International Jazz Festival.
And since the Montreal fest holds the Guinness World Record for largest jazz festival, I thought it might be helpful to narrow down the field by sharing my pick of the day based on this question: Which artist performing today truly embodies the essence of, you guessed it, thinky, drinky or slinky? (Call it the "TDS" factor.)
Thinky jazz may be challenging to listen to, and to play. Drinky jazz is fun, toe-tapping music. And slinky? Think romance and bubbly, possibly a little candlelight.
July 3 pick: Strunz & Farah
Tonight, you’ll have a night of passionate music from Strunz & Farah. Is the music of Strunz & Farah flamenco, or is it fusion? You get to decide, but whatever you decide at tonight's show you will leave feeling like you’ve heard something fresh.
Strunz & Farah have been a duo since 1980, so in terms of a musical partnership that’s a doozy. In many ways, Strunz & Farah were pioneers of the world music genre, but they will often perform around the world in jazz clubs. Why? Because there are more jazz clubs than there are world music clubs.
Wear some loose-fitting clothes, pop on some sandals and let your hair down with Strunz & Farah.
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on Jul 03, 2012