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Saturday, July 10, 2021

Gareth Lockrane Quartet @ the 606 club (live and on-line) - July 10

(Collage by Lance)
Gareth Lockrane (flute/alto flute/bass flute/piccolo); Ross Stanley (piano); Sam Burgess (bass); Shane Forbes (drums).

Brandon Allen was originally booked to appear but had to withdraw to comply with Covid regulations requiring quarantine after travel outside of the UK. Fortunately, getting a dep band isn't as hard as it would normally be. In fact, to get an A-lister like Gareth Lockrane at such short notice would have been asking the impossible.

However, these aren't normal times and this could be a Gareth weekend ...!

As I watched this delightful stream from Lots Rd. I glanced at the pile of CDs hopefully awaiting review and sighed. If any of them are half as good as this session they'll be in with a shout for Record of the Year - wishful thinking.

A cracking set with Lockrane proving that, like so many UK jazzmen (and that includes his three henchmen) they can hold their own worldwide - NYC, LA, anywhere.

Like Someone in Love got the show on the road with Gareth blowing, I think, alto flute. An original that may have been called Shakuhachi Caveman was followed by a South African piece - Township - and a piece dedicated to Joe Zawinul called, I think, Zawinology

There were others that I didn't catch the titles of. One of them had pyramid in the title and was by a New York sax man whose first name was Walt.

This latter number, or maybe it was another one, featured some amazing piccolo playing and, like all the other numbers had Ross Stanley playing out of his skull on piano. I've heard Ross many times on Hammond as well as on a fold it up and put it in the boot of your car keyboard but, this was the first time I can recall hearing him on  an actual grand and he sounded great. Shane Forbes had some amazing solos and Sam Burgess slotted in as befitted his in demand status.

Super session - now it's up to the other Gareth ...
Lance

1 comment :

Russell said...

The 'pyramid' number is likely to be See the Pyramid by Walt Weiskopf.

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