Renaud Garcia-Fons at the Valamar Jazz Festival

Weren't people supposed to talk though bass solos? During tonight's 80-minute solo bass recital in the 5th Century Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč,Istria/ Croatia Renaud Garcia-Fons' virtuosity, versatility, range of styles and gentle good humour kept a capacity audience so quiet, you could hear the swifts and the seagulls in the air above. Tonight's programme was mostly from the ENJA CD/DVD The Marcevol Concert. I still can't forget the first time ENJA boss Matthias Winckelmann told me how good it was. Having listened to the album a lot, it was a joy to see how all the effects, timbres and ridiculously speedy fingerwork happens, and to be in an appreciative audience in magical surroundings. We were so keen on what we'd heard, we begged the bassist back for three encores.

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