Notes on Past Gigs

This page contains notes and thoughts about gigs, written a day or two after the gig. Administrative posts are also shown.

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Sad thoughts on “Bryan Corbett’s HiFly Quintet”, 13 July 2020

We had been looking forward to this gig since 2020. We just lost it to the beginning of the first lockdown. This was the first opportunity to book them. I was going to make a video with full audio recording of this wonderful band. So many people, myself very much included, rank Bryan Corbett with the masters: Steve ranks him with Freddie Hubbard, and I agree. Then in the morning of the gig, a call from Bryan. There are health problems with two of the band. What to do? Well, with Bryan’s permission, we tried valiantly to find two appropriate…

Thoughts on Terry Seabrook’s Milestones playing “Kind of Blue”, 22 June 2022

Steve Jordan has written a beautiful review of this gig. All I can add is they had SO MUCH FUN up there. Take care, Dave On Wednesday last, pianist Terry Seabrook brought his band, Milestones, to Fleece Jazz to pay tribute to arguably the most innovative and creative musician in modern jazz, Miles Davis, and his most famous and eminently listenable album, Kind of Blue.  A classic of the new wave of modal jazz which Miles pioneered with others in the 1950s, it has been described as “one of the most important, as well as sublimely beautiful albums in the…

Thoughts on Sara Oschlag/Jonny Hepbir Quartet, 8 June 2022

Steve is on holiday, so it is Dave doing a little review. I was so enjoying the music that I couldn’t note all of  the songs: no definitive set list today. These four fine musicians gave us music of their own, but redolent of the Paris Hot Club, and the 40’s and 50’s.  We had vocalist Sara Oschlag: lovely phrasing, great , substantial voice, and real understanding of the stories  she was telling.  As a vocal instrumentalist, her scatting was superb. Jonny Hepbir  and Jason Henson played beautiful acoustic classical guitars. Their soloing was a delight.  There is a part…

Thoughts on John Law’s Re-Creations, 25 May 2022

These words are mostly by Steve Jordan, with a few additions from Dave Lyons.  It is a longish read, but I think, a good one. Last night, we were treated to an eclectic selection of numbers from various genres, from classical music to early ‘70s rock through to the jazzed up celtic soul of Van Morrison and the disco funk of Earth, Wind and Fire interspersed with plenty of popular jazz songs and instrumentals from the 1930s through to the 1970s. The arrangements were wondrous and often quite complex, effortlessly held together by John Law’s prodigious skill and invention on…

Thoughts on The Gaz Messengers, 11 May 2022

Now, that was a joy! Given who was in the band, it was going to be good, but it was exceptional. Gaz Hughes led from the drums. Bruce Adams brought both trumpet and flugel. Alan Barnes played tenor and alto saxes. Andrzej Baranek was our pianist, very special.  We had a wonderful dep on bass; Mike Reed. It was one of those sound checks where I learned a lot, as they went through the music. They were celebrating the great Art Blakey, and I am sure he would have been pleased with the gig. We had quite a large (and…

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