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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Gareth Roberts Quintet @ The Cluny

An interesting band from Wales that, possibly because of the long drive from Cardiff, took a while to impact. However, after a routine opening set, the trumpet and trombone frontline upped the ante in the second and whilst I personally would have liked a sax to balance things out they played some compelling stuff.
Leader Roberts has a rumbustious trombone style that frequently segués into impish ribaldry. Fortunately, it is also tempered with an occasional mellowness that Roy Williams would have been proud of. (Incidentally, am I the only person in the world who didn't know that Williams guested with the Vieux Carré at Gateshead Fell last Friday?).
On trumpet and four valved flugel, Gethin Liddington had his moments but for me the outstanding performance was by Jones the Piano. Paul Jones - on a real piano - played brilliantly; someone compared him to McCoy Tyner and they weren't far wrong. His dexterity and inspired solos were sheer joy.
The Brothers O'Connor, Chris on bass and Mark drums, were sound and both soloed effectively.
All in all one of the tastier of the curate's eggs.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Hi Lance

Listening to Gareth Roberts in the Cluny I thought his style owed something to the great Gary Valente and I could hear Tricky Sam Nanton and Paul Rutherford-quite a stretch,I know,but there you are!Having today looked at Roberts' website I wasn't surprised to read that Gary Valente is an influence (as is Jimmy Knepper).

I enjoyed the reedless front line.There is something about brass,particularly in unison...

I agree that pianist Paul Jones was rather good.I could hear McCoy Tyner touches,especially in his response to the leader's soloing.

One thing did occur to me...there was an unusually high jazz content for a Schmazz gig!More please!

Incidentally,I have great memories of Valente in Newcastle,a real powerhouse if ever there was one.Jimmy Knepper's appearance at the Corner House was a great night.He played to such a small audience.Does anyone remember the gig?Did anyone take some photographs?

Russell

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