Barry Witherden writes, “Combining speed and accuracy, they play the hardest of hard-bop.”
Kyle Eastwood's trumpeter leads own cracking sextet for London showcase
The FT’s Mike Hobart writes, “This sparkling launch of Quentin Collins’ album Road Warrior delivered the twisty narrative themes, harmonic subtleties and focused solos of small-group modern jazz with a rhythmic drive that was compelling.”
Jazz Views’ Nick Lea writes, “Quite simply this album is top notch... it doesn't get much better than this.”
All About Jazz’s Roger Farbey whites, “With its strong tunes and consummate performances, the thoroughly excellent Move consolidates Richardson's position as a genuine rising star in the jazz firmament.”
Preface: This pastiche is decidedly biased, as it is written by someone in the business—as a manager, record label owner, agent and talent spotter—whose love for jazz exceeds all in his life, other than his love for his family. I’ve chosen to highlight my relationships with each artist/band, along with a sound bite performance rating, to protect the innocent. Otherwise, I’ll simply take the 5th Amendment.
Monday, 13th November
Matt Roberts BigISH Band (Sold Out)
Spice of Life
Taking in Matt’s monologue alone is worth more than the price of admission. As a tribute to Wayne Shorter, this group consisted of some of the best musicians on the scene, with the likes of Leo Richardson/Bari, Josh Arcoleo/tenor, Alex Garnett/alto, George Millard/saxes, Conor Chaplin/bass, Dave Hamblett/drums and, the man who stole the show, James Copus/trumpet. Thoroughly entertaining. Why don’t these guys play live more often?!?