Snarky guitar drenched in light
Canon EOS 7D, 85mm, f/3.2 , 1/250s, ISO 1600
Last week-end I was lucky enough to attend the JZ Festival, an annual jazz event in the heart of Shanghai. It featured a ton of talented artists but the one that had me the most excited was Snarky Puppy, a band I discovered recently and fell completely in love with. I was standing very near the front with a good 70-200 zoom and took a ton of cool shots which I’ll be sharing this week (for those who cannot wait, the full album is on Flickr here). Guitarist Bob Lanzetti was standing a little bit to my right and at times he was literally bathed in light. I managed to capture the picture above in the middle of a cool solo.
Plucking the Strings
Canon 7D, 110mm, f/3.2, 1/125s, ISO 1600
This is one of those shots that you may find underexposed, but that I deliberately shot this way. When shooting jazz, increasingly, I find that trying to get as much detail as possible is counter productive if the goal is to set mood. I detail that approach in an article published on the X-Equals blog entitled Embracing the Shadows. That article, incidentally, shows another shot of bassist Thomas Brameria from the same session.
The Soul Imp
Canon 7D, 225mm, f/3.2, 1/1250s, ISO 400
There’s something delightfully impish about Vintage Trouble‘s lead singer Ty Taylor. His energy on stage is second to none, and it brings back memories of early James Brown or Junior Wells shows. Fantastic music and fantastic band if you can catch them.
JJ in Action
Canon 7D, 125mm, f/4, 1/160s, ISO 1600
Jean-Jacques Milteau is one of my favourite musicians, a paragon of taste and tone. As always with harmonica players, it’s hard to frame a shot that works because you cannot see the instrument and the hands hide half of the face. Here however, I like how the dark-tinted glasses still let some of his decisive expression show through. I’m seeing him live with a new band next Friday, expect some very different shots from that gig!
Canon 7D, 320mm, f/3.2, 1/800s, ISO 400
It’s been way too long since I posted a concert shot, but the fact is it’s been way to long since I attended a concert… This was from the Soul Rebel Brass Band’s infectious gig in Paris La Défense last July.
Thomas Bramerie during the concert release party of Eric Legnini’s latest album Sing Twice!
A photo of Ryan Scott, trumpet player for soul-funk band Monophonics.