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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Beats & Pieces Big Band @ Kings Place. Sept. 13

Ben Cottrell, director; Anthony Brown, Sam Healey, Ben Watte / saxophones; Owen Bryce, Graham South, Nick Walters / trumpets; Ed Horsey, Simon Lodge, Rich McVeigh / trombones; Anton Hunter / guitar; Patrick Hurley / piano, Fender Rhodes; Harrison Wood / bass; Finlay Panter / drums.
(Review by Lance).
What a band! swingers every one! Not a music stand in sight, sorry, the drummer had one! They went for the jugular from the off with powerhouse ensembles and dynamic solos. The saxes in particular blew as if it was the eve of Armageddon  The inevitable comparisions are made to Loose Tubes and they are valid except this is 2014 and these guys are playing for today as, of course, LT did in their day. 
Impossible to single anyone out and the above line-up is only a guess so please let me know any corrections needed.
A fitting end to a splendid couple of days and Cadogan Hall to come (JATP 3.30pm today).
Lance.

2 comments :

Russell said...

I knew you would like the band!

Ben said...

Hi Lance, thanks a lot for coming along and for writing the review - really glad you enjoyed the gig! Only one alteration to the lineup above; Alex Tod played drums as Finlay Panter is on paternity leave... It was actually Alex's first gig with us which is why we let him have a music stand! Thanks again, will make sure I send a copy of the new album up to you when its all ready... Cheers

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