Total Pageviews

Bebop Spoken There

Charlie Musselwhite: "I used to see these posters in the windows of the [Chicago] blues clubs advertising Elmore James and Muddy Waters which knocked me out. I was making a note of the addresses and at night I'd go back and listen to the blues until 4-5 in the morning." - (Blues Matters! Aug/Sep 2021)

The Things They Say!

Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

Postage

13,530 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 948 of them this year alone and, so far, 112 this month (July 31).

Thursday, May 02, 2013

The Greyish Quartet @ The Cluny. April 30, 2013

David Austin Grey (keyboards), Chris Young (alto saxophone), Nick Jurd (double bass & electric bass) & James Bashford (drums)
(Review by Russell).
Schmazz, promoters of original music, having formally merged with Jazz North East, showed a renewed enthusiasm for all things new (original composition, the emerging musician, the ‘new’ jazz) with the booking of the Greyish Quartet. The band, led by pianist David Austin Grey, flourished in the hot house environs of the Birmingham Conservatoire and a debut CD - The Dark Red Room - showed great promise, so a gig on Tyneside was long overdue.
Grey writes the tunes and plays with an elegance recalling Dave Brubeck or perhaps John Lewis. The pianist’s declared influences range from Wynton Kelly to Chick Corea to Kenny Kirkland. Grey’s compositions tend to have great titles - Why So Negative? (a photography reference), A Crowd of Lonely People (a new composition, written on the road), Resolution, Celestial Kestrel - and in performance at the Cluny they were great vehicles for the band to improvise upon. The quartet worked well as a unit and the band leader offered generous solo space to altoist Chris Young. Young by name and Young in years, note the name as he is sure to be heard again - a real talent. Grey’s solo spots revealed a cast iron technique, rattling good piano (retro Fender Rhodes!), a rich blues seam was there to be mined and a shuttle full of the baroque and ‘new music’ references were at his finger tips. The bass and drums team - bassist Nick Jurd and drummer James Bashford - were up there with the best of the new generation of jazz players. Jurd’s precise articulation and swing feel (a rare combination) marks him out as a serious contender and Bashford made it look easy and of course, it ain’t! Four excellent musicians, one excellent band, you will be hearing more from the Greyish Quartet. Check them out.  
Russell                 

No comments :

Blog Archive