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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Julian Costello Quartet @ The Globe October 21

Julian Costello (ten, sop saxes); Maciek Pysz (guitar); Michele Tacchi (bass guitar); Adam Teixeira (drums). (Canada).
(Review by Steve H/Photo by Debra M) 
Normally, this isn’t the sort of gig I would attend; my preferred option being for a more improvised, freer, kind of jazz. Fortunately, I decided to put my music prejudices aside, took a punt and made my way to The Globe on Sunday night. I was more than rewarded for my gay abandon as this splendid international quartet delivered a highly enjoyable and thoroughly entertaining performance.

For the first set, the band featured their latest album Transitions. As the title suggests, this consisted of one uninterrupted piece with each tune segueing seamlessly into the next. The second set consisted of several tunes including a song named after a cheese although this was not of the blues variety but rather the Greek (Halloumi).
Costello is an affable character strutting about the stage like a string puppet and at one point even performing a bit of mime. Equally proficient on both tenor and soprano his compositions are very melodic yet still always interesting.
(Photo courtesy of Steve H)
A lot of the music had a folksy, European, worldly twist to it but, given the multinational flavour of the band, this is unsurprising. An Englishman, a Pole an Italian and a Canadian walk into a jazz bar the Barman asks ‘what’s it going to be?’   they order  Gin, Vodka, Grappa and Canadian Club respectively the Barman then asks ‘how would you like them?’ the band reply in unison  Straight no Chaser.

Italian bassist Tacchi’s playing was absolutely superb and I particularly enjoyed his quiet, subtle, solos. Polish guitarist Pysz was fantastic every single solo of his was a joy. Keeping it all together was the unflashy but very classy Canadian drummer Teixeira. It was clearly evident that the ensemble’s great enjoyment of playing together was mutual and their enthusiasm certainly spilled over to the very appreciative audience. A really top quality evening and I thoroughly recommend everyone to catch this band wherever and whenever they can.
Steve H.

1 comment :

Julian Costello (on F/b). said...

Thank you Steve for a great review and lovely to meet you.

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