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The Sydney Morning Herald from Sydney, New South Wales, New South Wales, Australia · Page 4

Sydney, New South Wales, New South Wales, Australia
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Friday, December 26, 1980
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4 The Svdnev Morninn Herald, frl, Dec 26, 1980 4 THE ARTS WORLD NEWS Quintet highlights emerging trends By ERIC MYERS ib Barry DuuwM Outnlct. ill Bnifnl. On Tuesday night at The Basement the performance of the Barry Duggan Quintet brought into focus some of the emerging trends in Australian jazz, which may turn out to be highly significant. The alto saxophonist Barry Duggan, 37, is an extraordinary, brilliant player, who is now a force in local jazz after many years of travelling around the world. He showed that he has virtually every aspect of alto playing well under control: a beautiful tone on the instrument, a brilliant technique which enables him to surge through the Charlie Parker standards, a great ability to swing, and a fertile store of musical ideas. This is the girl with everything going for her a blameless past, good looks, impeccable background. And this is the girl the world has decided Prince Charles should marry She's the girl he has been waiting for, according to the British press. The prototype of the girl the heir to the British throne must marry. But will Lady Diana Spencer Woman's Bay. It's Also performing was the 32-year-old Peter O'Mara (guitar), a talented young player who can expect a big mure as a jazz musician. The rhythm section, including Paul McNamara (piano), Jack Thorncraft (bass) and Greg Tell (drums), took an untra-relaxcd approach which, ;it times, teetered on the verge of diffidence. By the standards of Sydney drummers, Greg Tell is a soft player, and with the piano and bass microphones relatively down in volume, the music had an acoustic quality, particularly as Barry Duggan's strong sound was cutting through clearly without the aid of amplification. This performance reinforced the clear trend back in Australian music towards pure acoustic jazz and away from (he frenetieism of the high-energy electronic music popular throughout the 1970s. Barry Duggan's playing, clearly in the alto tradition going back through artists like Phil Woods and Sonny XikJ f & SV tir I'. " - I' ) I IF ? ; ' ; r 1 .t-SJ I i f . v , Stitt to Charlie Parker, is, in my view, part of a growing tendency in jazz to re-examine the insights of the "bebop" period of the 1940s and early 1950s. This is perhaps a logical development, given that some tributaries of the jazz mainstream free jazz, modal music and jazzrock fusion, for example appear to have exhausted themselves and that there is no new movement on the horizon. This trend is also illustrated by the fact that difficult Charlie Parker compositions such as Confirmation, Billie's Bounce, Anthropology, and Donna Lee, are turning up, not only in the formal repertoires of local jazz groups, but also as standard fare for sit-ins and jam sessions. 1 This is a development which will probably be welcomed by many jazz lovers who want to hear, above all, thrilling and swinging improvisation the kind of ja?z of which Barry Duggan is a foremost exponent. :7 ' 1 i S T 'ivvl if The Blues Brothers, Dan Aykroyd (left) and John Belushi, tell Cab Calloway (right) about getting their band together again. Blues Brothers-play a comical tune By DAVE SARGENT The Blue! Brothers. M. Barclay. The Blocs Brolhers. M. Barclay. IIRIEl'LY: Soul-destroying musical comedy. JOHN Belushi and Dan Aykroyd are to young Americans what Abbott and Costcllo and Laurel and Hardy were to past generations. Although the subject matter of their comedy is comparatively more sophisticated, become the next Queen of England? She has been pursued around London, photographed anywhere and everywhere. It's little wonder Lady Di has been labelled "Shy Di as she battles to keep some semblance of privacy in her life. This week Woman's Day looks at the girl who's the public's favourite in the "who will marry Charles" stakes. now the perfect size. and probably much more debased, Belushi and Aykroyd's style of delivery is in Uie same tradition as those memorable celluloid clowns from the past. Apd in John Landis's The Blues Brothers, Belushi and Aykroyd's delivery is assisted by some of the most devastating visual effects since Steven Spiel-here's assault on the senses, 1941. Belushi and Aykroyd developed the Blues Brothers characters on the popular American TV program Saturday Night Live. In the film it is plainly obvious that Belushi and Aykroyd employ familiar catch phrases and nuances which would be enough - to send Americans tumbling into, the aisle. Not many Australians, I fear, will follow them there. However, with a simple narrative based around the- brothers trying to put together a band and raising money for the orphanage that moulded them with numerous complications along the way there are plenty of chances for viewers to be entertained. With musical offerings from Aretha Franklin. Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker, James Brown, and Cab Calloway the film is worth a viewing for a decidedly different experience, particularly if you're suffering from holiday blues. Nervous allies wait for a Polish solution EAST BERLIN, Thursday. The Soviet Union contemplated military intervention in Poland for about a week late in November, but chose instead to thrash out the problem at a Warsaw Pact meeting in Moscow on ' December 5, according to a high-ranking East German official. Discussions of the contemplated action occupied Poland's nervous allies the Soviet Union, East Germany and Czechoslovakia while Poland was being threatened with a general strike by its new independent trade union. However, Moscow, which reportedly preferred to persuade the Polish leadership to try to resolve the crisis itself, decided instead to bring together the political and military authorities of the Warsaw Pact, and the meeting resulted in a communique that committed the seven-member organisation to guard Poland's security and committed the Poles to guard the communist system in their country, the official said on Tuesday. The East Germans, who feel particularly affected by the Polish crisis, not only economically but also in terms of their strategic position, are still apprehensive about the crisis, but they feel that the solution, even Insanity check on Chapman NEW YORK. Thursday. Mark Chapman was, indicted on Tuesday on a second degree murder charge in the December 8 fatal shooting of his musical idol John Lennon, the former Beatlc. Lennon, 40, was gunned down outside his Manhattan apartment building after returning from a recording session. Chapman, a 25-year-old resident of Hawaii, was arrested at the scene. A New York Grand Jury returned the one-count indictment on Tuesday, charging Chapman, a Bealle fan and amateur guitar player, with killing Lennon. The indictment specifically charged Chapman with intentional murder, alleging the suspect fired his gun at the singer-sontvriter with "intent to cause the death of John Winston Ono Lennon." The charge carries a possible 25-years-to-life prison term. . ' Chapman will be arraigned in the State Supreme Court in Manhattan on January 6, Psychiatrists are to report then to Justice Herbert Allman on whether Chapman is mentally competent to understand the charges against him and to aid in his defence. According to eyewitnesses, Chapman allegedly fired five shots at Lennon from his .38-calibro pistol. His lawyer is expected to enter a plea of innocent by reason of insanity. Chapman remains under a 24-hour suicide watch and is kept segregated from other inmates. S-E ASIA Singapore gives Mr Lee bigger vote of confidence From MICHAEL RICHARDSON, Herald Correspondent SINGAPORE, Thursday. Political leaders in Singapore are preparing to make the Government and the ruling party more responsive to public opinion. This follows a resounding victory in elections on Tuesday by the People's Action Party (PAP) headed by the Prime Minister, Mr Lee. With 37 electorates uncontested. Government candidates won all remaining 38 seats in Parliament Chinese PM plans talks in Thailand BANGKOK, Thursday. The Chinese Prime Minister, Mr 2hao Ziyang, will visit Thailand from January 30 to February 2. He would hold talks- on various issues with Thai leaders, the Foreign Minister, Air Marshal Siddhi Savetsila, said today. Informed sources said die talks would centre on the proposal for the United Nations to call an international conference on Kampuchea that would lead to withdrawal of some 200.000 Vietnamese troops from that country and formation of a new internationally acceptable government. The Foreign Minister said those taking part in the conference should include China, the Soviet Union, the United Slates. Vietnam and the Association of South-East Asian Nations, which groups Thailand with Malaysia. Singapore, Indonesia and die Philippines. . if force is used, will be Polish, ' rather than a matter of Soviet-bloc action. The official said he had feared that a "military solution" by the bloc was likely but that it would have been different from the 191)8 Soviet-bloc intervention in Czechoslovakia, when four members of' the Warsaw Pact joined in the Sovr ict Action. Romania did not. He remarked that this lime units of the Soviet Army stationed in East Germany, as well as those along Poland's eastern and north-eastern frontiers, were put on alert, as was a token force of the Czechoslovak Army. The East German Army was not mobilised, he went on, noting that a relative who is serving in the Army had been given leave to attend a family celebration on December 7, near the peak of the crisis. "That could not have happened if there had been u mobilisation," he said, East German military participation in such an action was "unthinkable" because of the carnage wrought by the Germans in Poland during World War II, he said. He called East Germany's position at the Moscow summit conference "very limited." While his Government sent a powerful delegation to the meeting, including the Defence Minister, Mr Heinz Hoffman, and the Minister for State Se MM v tewaMMHi Henry Fonda, "feeling fine", leaves the Cedars-. Sinai medical centre in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve. The 75-year-old actor spent 16 days in the hospital for tests on new medication used in connection with the heart pacemaker he had implanted in 1974. Fonda said he planned to start rehearsing in two weeks for a new play, Show-i down at the Adobe Motel. It was the PAP's fourth clean sweep of a general election since 1968. The party has been in power since 1959. However the two most talented opposition leaders both came close to beating their Government rivals, one of them a senior minister. The secretary general of the Workers' Party, Mr Bjeyaret-nam, a lawyer, polled nearly 47 per cent of valid votes cast, losing by less than 1,100 votes. Another lawyer, Mr Chiam See Tong, secretary-general of the Singapore Democratic Party, won 41 per cent of the vote and was less than 2,000 votes from victory against Guerillas threaten Japanese over visit MANILA, Thursday. An urban guerilla movement which claims it set off bombs in Manila has warned the Japanese Prime Minister, Mr Suzuki, to cancel his planned visit to the Philippines next month or face retaliation against Japanese business and tourists. In an unsigned statement mailed to Reuters' news agency inside a Christmas card, the April 6th Liberation Movement told Mr Suzuki that if he disregarded the warning it would "place in jeopardy the safety of every Japanese multi-national and every Japanese tourist who may stay in our .-country after you have gone." Mr Suzuki is due irr the Philippines on January 8 at t'.e start of a tour of the five member countries of the Association of South-Last Asian, Nations. The movement, named after curity, Gen Erich Mielke. the official said that only Mr Hone-ckcr, the party chief and Head of State, addressed (he meeting. ' "We made our worries clear no mistake," he ' went on. "The Poles make a lot of difficulties for us. There is the economic side we depend on their anthracite and we're 800.000 ions short for our industry. "Then there is Poland's situation between us and our biggest trading partner, the Soviet Union, with transit traffic going mostly by rail and by pipeline. If that were to be interrupted He said that a Soviet-bloc intervention was still "theoretically thinkable" if Poland's communist system were to be endangered. Another East German official said in a separate interview that "socialist friends could not stand idly by." if the system in Poland came apart or started to give way to fundamental change. However, he called intervention "absolutely the last thing." "The Polish Army could intervene first," the official said, "and I could even say that would not be the worst thing. It could create a little more order." Because the crisis affects the ruling party's leadership, it will probably take years to resolve, the official remarked. (The NewVqrk ThncsV L " wJ Mr ''"' " - " ' J AAP-AP satcllat plctur Defence Minister Mr Howe Yoon Chong. Mr Chiam said the increase in his share of the vote showed that younger Singaporeans would support a credible opposition. "Their swing will be more decisive in the next elections (due in five years)." he said. On television yesterday, tho Prune Minister Mr Lee hailed the Government party's victory as "an overwhelming vote o confidence." ' He noted that the PAP had increased its tally of valid votes cast from 72.4 per cent in the last general election in 1976 to 75.55 in 1980. a demonstration in support of President Marco's arch-rival' Mr Benigno Aquino, the former Senator, on April 6, 1978, claimed responsibility for. , a series of bombings in August, September and October, onfii pf which killed an Americas woman. Another ended an American travel agents' corjfcrJ encc. , ' . The martial law government of President Marcos has announced the arrest of a number of people alleged to have been involved in the bombings, including a woman who is said to have confessed to planting the explosive at the travel agents' connress on October 19. The latest statement from the movement said: "It is well known thai your government, your country's niulii-natiunals , . . and your compatriot tourists arc some of the biggest sources of economic support to the illegitimate Marcos regime." (AAP-Reutcr) I

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