Surprise appearance

David made a surprise appearance at Ronnie Scott’s in Soho last night, joining ‘On an Island’ colleagues Phil Manzanera and Leszek Możdżer – as well as drummer, Charles Hayward, and bassist, Yaron Stavi – on stage for ‘Autumn Leaves’, Sidney Bechet’s ‘Petite Fleur’ and Miles Davis’ ‘Filles de Kilimanjaro’.

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Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

39 thoughts on “Surprise appearance”

  1. I was looking at some upcoming London events only the other day thinking, what a great three days to go and spend there…

    Phil at Ronny’s, Awards, Guy in Notting Hill…

  2. That sounds really interesting. David Gilmour and Phil Manzanera playing jazz, how cool.

    I think there is a lot of snobbery to reviews sometimes. How dare rock musicians play our scared form of music. Rubbish, music is for all.

    I have been reading about the jazz musician Humphrey Lyttleton (I got into his work as i am a huge fan of the radio comedy show he presented called I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue!). It seems that when he moved from traditional to a more mainstream form of jazz, a lot of jazz fans didn’t like it. It ended up with one of his musicians getting abused by some traditional jazz fans at a concert Humph’s band was playing at, as a saxophonist was not meant to be part of a traditional jazz band!


  3. Was I there. NO? FEd, did I read right?

    David made an appearance; the Times reviewer (David Sinclair) didn’t even mention it. I don’t think that gives him much credibility.


    1. I think that this review may have been from Monday night’s performance when David did not perform.

  4. Oooh!!! That must have been a great show. One thing about being an American fan of David’s music is that he’ll never just “pop in” somewhere. It’s kinda hard to do that unless he’s already on tour and some place nearby, in which case I’d know that much at least.

    James Taylor lives in the Berkshire Mountains, an hour’s drive from my home in Upstate NY. He actually has made that kind of surprise appearance in my area. I like James Taylor’s music, but I’m not a fan.

  5. Hmmm. I’ll say nothing of the review either. Wouldn’t mind hearing that album tho. You heard it FEd? Any good?

  6. Oh dear, that isn’t very flattering at all.

    The review doesn’t seem to mention Mr Gilmour at all either, I wonder if he was watching the show at all?

    Even if he felt it was that bad – it would have at least been noteworthy to mention ‘ageing Pink Floyd crooner’ or something along those lines (obviously in keeping with his review style, not what I actually think of the man).

  7. Unfortunately I was not there, too far for me.

    Sorry FEd, where is David in The Times article? Maybe I’m blind (I hope so), but I can’t find anything about his appearance in it. 8|

  8. I’m very surprised.

    I think it is fantastic that these artists come to play together, probably they have a yearning for the past, where they just play all together? 🙂

    And, why I don’t live in UK, now I will come to live there. 🙂

  9. Good grief, did Phil pinch the last parking space outside Ronnie Scott’s from that Times reviewer?

  10. There are a few bloggers who think David may retire to spend more time with the family and take life easy and all that. (I think it is unfounded fear on their part.) 😉

    I always argue that he won’t. (It’s predominantly panic, fear, disbelief and those sorts of things that make me argue the point!)

    Here is yet more news that David has been out playing. It has to be because he wants to. 😀

    All ye of little faith, believe, he’s gonna carry on!

    On an unhappy, miserable, oh woe is me note, I suspected he’d go and play at Phil’s gigs, wish I could have been there.

    ash X

    1. I agree Ash, he’s got all the time in the world to do whatever. Think what will happen in 2012 at the Olympics. He should be there. Fingers crossed.

  11. I read about this on the Latest News page. Very cool indeed. I think it wonderful when an artist pops in to join a fellow musician. From the attendee perspective it is like getting more for your money. It’s like not having to pay extra for sprinkles on your ice cream sundae.

    I think this type of thing was more prevalent in prior decades when people were a little looser and there wasn’t as much concern for corporate correctness.

    It must have been a nice treat for all who attended. Too bad that when Rhianna and Chris Brown dropped out of the Grammy show they couldn’t get David to fill in for them but that is a different blog string. Sorry.



  12. Shame I wasn’t there, from your description it sounded great. The Times’, on the other hand, was rather harsh, don’t you think?

    I always thought David would do well playing jazz, he just has that feeling and tone. In truth, Pink Floyd, especially the early stuff (’68-’73), really helped me get into all of the jazz I like now.


    1. I do think it harsh, but I also think it shows quite nicely how one review counts for very little.

      A critic’s ignorance, indifference, bad mood, poor taste or bias (you decide), is something we’ve often discussed in considering the purpose of reviews and whether or not anyone really cares to read them. It’s just one person’s opinion.

      That said, not wishing to offend anyone, the link has now been removed.

  13. I was getting excited seeing this title, thinking that we were getting a show coming up but then finding out it’s already done!

    You tease us Fed!

  14. … too bad to live far enough not to have a chance to join such an event, even by coincidence.

    Good to hear anyway. It was his first live appearance in 2009, if I’m correct.


  15. Would have liked to be a little mouse in some corner of the Club, with eyes and ears wide open, swinging during ‘Petite Fleur’… I love that jazzy piece of music. Really. Gives me some nostalgia of the 50s.

    I know that Sidney Bechet and his ‘Petite Fleur’ were very, very popular here in the 50s (he lived many years in France) and even now, much more than Chris Barber…


  16. Hi Fed,

    Good on David for getting out and joining Phil.

    On the subject of reviews, most of these people who ‘review’ shows, movies, etc. are a lot of opinionated blowhards anyways. But, they can be good for a laugh.

    I would really like to hear these guys playing “Autumn Leaves”. I know some Jazz snobs wouldn’t like it, but too bad.

    Have a great day, all.


  17. That’s awesome, I wish I was in London…

    Actually, I might be moving to the UK this year, what would you vote FEd? London, Bristol, or Bournemouth?

    1. Tough question.

      More than a few days in London makes me ill. Bournemouth is nice, and I do like being near the coast, but it would have to be Bristol for me (preferably the Old City, somewhere near the river).

  18. Sounds like it was a lovely time. Was anybody there?

    Thank you very much indeed, good night to you.

  19. Thanks FEd! I really appreciate your insider view. 🙂

    I love the water too, I am from the central Italian coast and I live on a boat in Amsterdam right now.

  20. About reviews and critics.

    In general, I’ve never been very interested in reading reviews, because I believe music, cinema or arts in general can’t be described in an objective way. Everyone of us has his very personal sensitivity and his taste and I don’t think people need a guide to decide what they like and what they don’t.

    It could be interesting to read reviews if they were not only someone’s opinions, but too many times I found critics who wanted to inform the others without being informed themselves.

    Just my opinion, maybe you’ll have to excuse my English!


  21. I’ve just recently gotten into jazz after hearing Pat Metheny’s “San Lorenzo” from the 1978 album Pat Metheny Group. It’s well worth looking into.

    A Gilmour jazz record would be a fantastic concept. A good friend of mine who loved YES got into jazz later on in his life and there are many similarities to “progressive music” if you have an open mind and two open ears. 8)

  22. FEd,

    I really like the improvement to the improved blog. It now can really be said to be New and Improved. The tabs for the topics – great addition. The improvement to adding the name and e-mail address in properly labeled boxes – excellent.

    And I bet you think we don’t notice those small changes.



    1. Thanks, Andrew. I’m so grateful for all your kind words and suggestions for improvement.

      I will be doing some tinkering this weekend, by the way, so please don’t be alarmed if things seem erratic.

    2. I will be doing some tinkering this weekend.

      😮 Les weekends, ce n’est pas fait pour travailler! c’est fait pour glander…

      Enjoy yours!


  23. Cool to hear that jazz is alive. Jeff Healey loved it so much. Wouldn’t he love to be there with them? 🙁

  24. Fed, I know its a bit out of order to punish someone for expressing their opinions but Mr Sinclair! Regardless of mentioning The Mighty G’s input, he needs a seeing too! So…

    David Sinclair, for your downright unobservant report on Phil the Manzanera’s gig at Ronnie Scott’s, as reported in the Times newspaper, I sentence you to cover the next annual Bagpipe Tuning championship. This will be held at the most northern of the Shetland islands over the next two weeks. And! You have got to do it in your under crackers. Have fun with your crayons and may music have mercy on your soul.

  25. Why is it that everybody assumes the Times review was an ignorant/poor one?

    I’d like to hear from someone who was actually at the Gig – maybe it wasn’t very good or as Nate pointed out, maybe it wasn’t the one David was at. But how can someone who wasn’t there comment about a review?

    Faith/blind faith/playing the odds?

  26. I didn’t see the review, so truthfully I can’t say much. As long as David showed up, the fans got a rare treat. Good for them. 😀

  27. Think anybody who was there got a real treat. Did not see the review but they write what they want anyway… half of what you read is rubbish.

    Would have liked to have been there but alas.

    I used to play clarinet in a jazz band. We used to play a few pubs, no where as good as that but it was a great time in my life.

    Hope David had a good time… did hear some guy got nasty with him and got chucked out, so hope that did not spoil things too much… booze and ego not a great combo.

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