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Van Morrison on Sax

Halfers

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I had the pleasure of seeing Van the Man last night at the Roundhouse. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but vocally, he was in magnificent form and if last nights performance was anything to go by, he's lost none of his range and power. His band was great, consisting of Guitar, Bass, Drums, Backing Singer, Vibes and Keyboardist doubling up on Trumpet.

I wasn't expecting Van to play so much Saxophone. He walked on stage with an Alto slung around his neck and played on probably 9 out of the 15 or 16 songs played during the evening, including some nice doubling up with the Trumpet and some solo work. Although his playing was reasonable, I think if he was auditioning himself for his Band as Sax Player, he'd give himself short shrift ;) Perhaps knowing the Band Leader helped him get the gig!

Unfortunately, he ignored my polite scream, asking him what mouthpiece he was playing, so I can't give any further information on his setup for those interested....

Chris Farlowe came on stage for a couple of songs and it was great to see a big smile on Van's face in the company of his mate. The rest of the gig, he was pretty much what I was expecting. A few grunted words, stoney faced, no encore, just an evening of great music.
 

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Hi would like to have seen him myself,i was there Friday to see maceo parker,he did not do a great deal of sax playing,but what he did do,to my ears was great could also see james brown influence in his movement,while I am here,then on Saturday saw stevie wonder and lionel Richie at hyde park,two great shows,was never a big fan of lionel Richie or the commodores except for the single the zoo(the human zoo)which went down well on the northern soul scene,but he put on a great show,also great to hear stevie wonder sing some of his old songs,both had great bands with horn section....also best wishes to stevie wonder on his kidney transplant.
 

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Back in 1992 a band I was decided to cover 'Don't look back' stealing it from this very clip (but on VHS of course) and I did an abridged version of the Baritone solo on its first gig. I got to the riff at the end hit about the 1st 6 notes which sent the drunkards absolutely wild. It put me off my stroke so much I fluffed the rest of it badly.
Well....
We never played the tune again after that on the grounds it didn't really fit with the rest of our set but I have my suspicions it was somewhat down to my faux pas stage fright.
Well I think Van the Man would have let me go :mad:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUrWXFhzHzE
 

GJ77

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I saw him about 20 years ago in Dublin. He didn’t play sax but it was a great night, despite his grumpiness. If you’ve never heard a live album of his called “It’s too late to stop now”, it’s well worth a listen. Great ensemble playing and a real live ‘in the moment’ performance.
 

Ballymenaboy

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I had the pleasure of seeing Van the Man last night at the Roundhouse. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but vocally, he was in magnificent form and if last nights performance was anything to go by, he's lost none of his range and power. His band was great, consisting of Guitar, Bass, Drums, Backing Singer, Vibes and Keyboardist doubling up on Trumpet.

I wasn't expecting Van to play so much Saxophone. He walked on stage with an Alto slung around his neck and played on probably 9 out of the 15 or 16 songs played during the evening, including some nice doubling up with the Trumpet and some solo work. Although his playing was reasonable, I think if he was auditioning himself for his Band as Sax Player, he'd give himself short shrift ;) Perhaps knowing the Band Leader helped him get the gig!

Unfortunately, he ignored my polite scream, asking him what mouthpiece he was playing, so I can't give any further information on his setup for those interested....

Chris Farlowe came on stage for a couple of songs and it was great to see a big smile on Van's face in the company of his mate. The rest of the gig, he was pretty much what I was expecting. A few grunted words, stoney faced, no encore, just an evening of great music.
If I recall correctly from my early showband days in N.Ireland Van was "playing" sax back in the sixties and still likes to keep his hand in - I suspect his grumpiness is probably due to tight underpants
 
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If I recall correctly from my early showband days in N.Ireland Van was "playing" sax back in the sixties and still likes to keep his hand in - I suspect his grumpiness is probably due to tight underpants
I think he played the Sax solo on Moondance, so yes. clearly been playing a while.
 

Devon

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"Moondance" has been on my perform list for a LONG time. Lately I've been doing keyboard improv over it (I need the practice!) but it's a great tune for some sax.

Reminds me: my new group needs some Van tunes......
 
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"Moondance" has been on my perform list for a LONG time. Lately I've been doing keyboard improv over it (I need the practice!) but it's a great tune for some sax.

Reminds me: my new group needs some Van tunes......
It's good to play on the Tenor as it involves a lot of playing across the break.
 

MMM

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Hi would like to have seen him myself,i was there Friday to see maceo parker,he did not do a great deal of sax playing,but what he did do,to my ears was great could also see james brown influence in his movement,
Hey I was there for Maceo too! I agree he didn't play much but gave a lot of room for his band to show off their talent.
Shame I couldn't see Van Morrison though.
 
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