The Neil Gonsalves Trio recorded for us in Durban as part of this year’s festival, but a technical glitch has unfortunately made that recording unusable. We apologise for being unable to present the trio as we all wished. Below is a free gig of the recording the trio made earlier this year.
‘Blessings and Blues’, the latest of Durban pianist Neil Gonsalves’ albums, provides the listener with a new Gonsalves sound; in it are hints of ceremonial dances, jazz trances, earthy music and the blues, layered in colourful, dynamic tones. In the music, Gonsalves says, “is a sense of journey. From the mountains, into the valley, teeming with life that is loud, colourful and vibrant, a dancer’s life, drenched in the sun, saturated in the sea, the sensory overload of glorious living – the opposite of COVID”. Gonsalves describes playing together to be “a very conversational and negotiated music-making experience”, and the music itself takes its influence from the rich diversity of cultural life that characterizes his hometown of Durban. Gonsalves graduated from the then University of Natal cum laude for his Master’s degree in Jazz Performance, where he is now a senior lecturer in jazz.