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Friday, October 10, 2014

The DB Jazz Project - Bridge Hotel October 9

David Keighley (saxes); Thomas MacMillan (gtr); Adrian Sander (bs gtr); Ben Grant (dms).
(Review by Lance).
It was good to see a crowded room of predominantly young people for this launching of DB Jazz Project - a new band albeit one with a few gigs under its belt already.
No shortage of technique amongst the quartet - enhanced (or otherwise) as it was by a distracting screen projection and some electronic sorcery - Keighley can certainly blow tenor and MacMillan knows his way around the fretboard. Likewise drums and bass put the boot in making for an explosive start. The influences were many and the material varied. Coltrane, Brecker - even Snake Davis - all provided the ammunition either directly or by suggestion.
The delays used on Isabel made for a cosmical sound (the 's' is optional) that took us to a far off land where few jazz orientated bands return from. The sound was as kaleidoscopical as the changing patterns on the screen and I was tempted to check the parking lot for a UFO berthed alongside a Honda Jazz 1.4.
Karma (Calmer?) Blue brought us back down to earth. A quirky, yet logical, head made this the most accessible number so far and, at this point, I unfortunately had to leave.
My intention was to catch the last set by The Collective at Hoochie but, it was cold and drizzling and the 27 bus was approaching so valour gave way to discretion and I took an early bath.
Apologies to both bands but deffo check out the DBJP at a venue near you - you won't regret it.
Lance.

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