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Sunday, 17 March 2013

JAZZ REVIEW

STUART HENDERSON QUINTET, BAKER STREET, TUESDAY 12th of MARCH

The Stuart Henderson Qnt played Baker St on a Tuesday against the opposition of Man. U. on the night. This band has provincial associations but A-league qualities and played a well-knitted programme of modern jazz according to the preferred formula for this venue. Material by Kenny Dorham, Miles Davis and Donald Byrd showed off the tastes of the leader on trumpet but included a lovely rendition of a Leonard Bernstein ballad on flugelhorn.

The tenor sax contribution of Reading-based Ukrainian, Anatoliy Vyachaslavov made a well balanced complement forming the front line, sounding to me at times more from the plains of Texas than from the Ukraine.

On keyboard, Graeme Taylor laid down a satisfying infill and his own solo contributions were well constructed and inventive.

In the engine room, Simon Price on drums provided an extra dimension of energy and immaculate time keeping, with the whole group underpinned by Rapa Mizraki, impeccable on double bass.

Indeed, the whole group was as well-knit as their programme - which also included Toots Theilmanns' Bluesette, Henry Mancini's Days of Wine & Roses, Ellington's In A Mellow Tone, Sammy Cahn's Secret Love and Kern's All TheThings You Are.

Well, not all, but quite a few things in this enjoyable musical mesh.

                                                                          Logodaedalus (AKA Keith Brain)

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