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Monday, January 18, 2021

Ivo Neame: Live stream from Ronnie Scott's - Jan. 18

Ivo Neame (piano); George Crowley (tenor sax); Tom Farmer (bass); James Maddren (drums).

(Screenshots by Ken Drew).

I'd convinced myself I wasn't going to like this latest live stream from Ronnie's so I approached it with a degree of trepidation.

I hold my hand up and admit that I was wrong to have doubts!

I should have known better. Neame is a fine pianist, composer and raconteur.

As the blurb says: Ivo Neame who's music is an exploration of contrast and represents an ongoing quest to house multiple styles and influences under one roof. This varied mix of sonic landscapes springs from a desire to find emotional resonances with audiences in as many ways as possible. The styles of the pieces range from serene, calm and reflective atmospheres to intense, high-octane poly-rhythmic grooves.

Which more or less sums it up apart from failing to mention Crowley's pre/post Coltrane solos that really raised the bar. He was on fire - best I've ever heard him!

The other two weren't coasting either!

I didn't log the titles. It didn't matter, what was important was the rendition and those numbers were well and truly rendered!

Lance

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