JAZZ FEST INDEX - 2012 Rochester INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Mederic Collignon at Rochester Internation Jazz Festival

Mederic Collignon is a dynamo. He wigs out on stage, skat singing and doing the human beat box thing. He sings distorted wah guitar parts and synth sounds. He also distills Miles' "Bitches Brew" era with an incredible economy and most of this credit goes to his three piece backup band. They are so much more than backup. The Fender Rhodes player covers the melodic multiple keys in Miles' big band and he contributes a concise pulse at the same time. The bass player was minimal and solid as a rock leaving holes a mile wide for their frenzied drummer. They and Mederic channelled my favorite Miles period better than anyone I have ever heard except, of course, Miles. - photo by P Doddy - click photo to advance > next