Monday, November 20, 2006
Big Band Botanica Boast Brilliance
If you are as good as the musicians in Botanica, it's not about styles and different categories of music. There some good in all of the genres. The art is to master it all and then pluck the finest parts, a bit of punk here, a little gypsy there, chanson now, political manifesto then: the full mix is Botanica. In the posh setting of Joe's Pub the man in white, Paul Wallfisch, and his gang were aided by a most competent string duo, extending the Botanica soundscope in an orchestral way. It is not really rock music anymore, but an adventurous trip through haunting harmonies and daring melodies.