live at Plaša de la Catedral,
Barcelona, 22 Sep 2000
Thousands of people found their way
to the Cathedral Square in Barcelona to experience Jimi
Tenor's show with the Municipal Band of Barcelona a
few days after his orchestral debut at the Barbican
in London. His performance was a success among the audience,
but the critics' reactions were somewhat reserved (although
they did have plenty of good things to say too). Here's
a few excerpts from the Spanish press, kindly provided
by Jorge Artajo.
Avui (23 Sep 00) - "A diverse
audience watched the mix of an orchestra and an experimental
rock band with interest and enthusiasm. Jimi Tenor dressed
in an colourful red tunic changed back and forth from
sax to piano showing his well known musical eclectism."
El Periodico De Catalunya (24 Sep 2000)
- "Jimi Tenor showed up dressed in a short satin
gown, ready to mix the extraterrestial deliriums of
Sun Ra with the satin sexuality of Barry White. With
La Banda Municipal de Barcelona and the Cathedral at
the back, it was something unusual. 4000 people stood
watching with their mouths wide open."
Avui (24 Sep 00) - "Jimi Tenor
made a perfect union with La Banda Municipal de Barcelona
giving a sophisticated funky session drawing from black
North American music of the 70's and Isaac Hayes. But
although the combination of the orchestra and the composer,
saxophonist and pianist Jimi Tenor always searching
for something new sounded an interesting idea, it was
slightly disappointing in the end... "
La Vanguardia (24 Sep) - "The
more contemporary musical sequences were made for La
Banda, while Tenor's electric group was reproducing
funk sketches of the 70's mixed with metal elements.
There was a lot of wah-wah guitar in the style of Isaac
Hayes' 'Shaft', some jazz-rock in the spirit of George
Duke and enjoyable vocal work by Jimi Tenor and his
from Spanish and Catalan by Jorge Artajo