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Monday, November 25, 2013

Ollie Howell Quintet @ The Bridge Hotel Newcastle. November 24.

Ollie Howell (dms); Nick Perry (tpt); Duncan Eagles (ten); Matt Robinson (pno); Max Luthert (bs).
My review a couple of months back of Howell's CD Sutures and Stitches more or less summed up tonight's gig although, in truth, no CD can compare with hearing a band live within the confines of  a small venue such as the upstairs room of the Bridge Hotel.
The two horn frontline blow contemporary hard bop with a suggestion of what Clifford Brown/Max Roach or Art Blakey/Horace Silver may have sounded like had they been around 50 years later. Powered on by Howell's drumming, Luthert's bass and some incredible keyboard work from Robinson this is a band that looks to the future whilst taking on board the past.
All but one of the numbers played were from the above mentioned CD. Paradoxically, the exception, Time Will Tell, was, I thought, their best number! Not that it matters as they were all brilliantly performed and the less than full room seemed to agree.
Splinter @ The Bridge Photos.
Lance 

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