Brighton Jazz Club
Friday 1 February 2008
Peter King Quartet £14/£12
Peter King Alto saxophone Steve Melling Piano
Geoff Gascoyne Bass Martin Drew Drums
Few players encompass modern jazz like Peter King. Without question our greatest altoist, he was a founding player of Ronnie Scott's club, appearing in the launch gig at the age of eighteen. Having been part of the bedrock of the British bop movement alongside Scott and Stan Tracey, he has cemented a place in global jazz, playing with Ray Charles, Bud Powell, Hampton Hawes, Max Roach and Elvin Jones, who said of him in 2001, "...a wonderful musician - he of course is a master of his instrument. People are aware of that here in America."
In recent years there have been guest appearances for Lalo Schifrin in orchestral concerts across Europe; he also has a long-standing association with Charlie Watts, from the infamous big band to the acclaimed tentette, for which Peter is the musical director. His CDs include Watts At Scott's with the ten-piece, and The Last Time I Saw You, with Stan Tracey. Alongside his rich gifts as a saxophonist is a classical dimension; his award-winning CD Tamburello featured extended compositions, while the 2006 BBC commission Janus placed him and a trio led by Gordon Beck alongside the Lyric String Quartet in a suite inspired by the work of Bela Bartok, to thrilling effect.
Watch a video of Peter playing Charlie Parker's saxophone on YouTube.
Friday 8 February 2008
John Law Trio £12/£10
John Law Piano Sam Burgess Bass Asaf Sirkis Drums
John can always be relied upon to bring dynamic and challenging bands, fired by his extraordinary soloing and compositions. A prodigy who was performing and composing at the age of six, he moved into improvised music in his twenties after extensive classical studies, with praise from piano god Alfred Brendel still ringing in his ears. Recent years brought us the storming festival appearance of his European Quartet and his Cornucopia ensemble, featuring Andy Sheppard and Chris Laurence. The dynamism continues in John's solo appearances and in his trio, which has performed to great acclaim at the Clusone Festival in Italy. The international rise of the jazz trio has brought us the varied talents of EST, Brad Mehldau, the Bad Plus, Tord Gustaven and the Necks; John's band belongs to this august company.
For their Art Of Sound CD recording and tour, John, Sam and Asaf decamped to the Artesuono studio in Italy, a favourite of the ECM label. Asaf will be a perfect partner, a powerful performer who leads his own band, Inner Noise, alongside membership of Gilad Atzmon's Orient House Ensemble. Sam is one of the hardest-working players in the UK; he's recorded and toured widely with Dave O'Higgins, Tim Whitehead and Pete Wareham.
For more information see www.nday.co.uk/JohnLaw.html
Friday 15 February 2008
Bheki Mseleku Band £14/£12
Bheki Mseleku Piano Gareth Lockrane Flutes
Larry Bartley Bass Gene Calderazzo Drums
Bheki's talents have been attracting superlatives since 1987, and a landmark gig at Ronnie Scott's; his 1991 debut album Celebration featured guests Courtney Pine and Jean Toussaint. He produces uplifting sounds akin to the most spiritual offerings from Coltrane and Abdullah Ibrahim; as a pianist, he is often mentioned in the same breath as McCoy Tyner. The lilt of his homeland's township music is naturally present, alongside a tumult of influences from Monk to Ellington. Further recordings found him with guests Joe Henderson, Abbey Lincoln and Elvin Jones, on the 1993 Verve CD Timelessness, featuring many exquisite Mseleku compositions; his seventh CD is a compilation on Sheersound Records. His appearances at the Jazz Café and around the country have whetted the appetites of many for this astonishing talent, joined by a fine band of virtuosic, sympathetic players.
Flute prodigy Gareth has won awards with his band Grooveyard, including Best European Jazz Group in the 2003 Granada Jazz Festival. He leads a septet featuring Robin Aspland, and has played with a host of musicians, including Peter King (in the Urban Jazz Quintet) and in Gwilym Simcock's nonet and big band.
For more information see www.myspace.com/bhekimseleku.
Friday 22 February 2008
Renato D'Aiello Quintet £12/£10
Renato D'Aiello Saxophones Quentin Collins Trumpet
Andrea Pozza Piano Nicola Muresu Bass Shaney Forbes Drums
The few who have not experienced Renato's extraordinarily forceful playing should take this opportunity. He has the spirit of the greatest jazz tenorists, with the sound of Sonny Rollins evoked particularly strongly. First encountered here locking horns with Gilad Atzmon, Renato too has taken the UK jazz scene by storm. A recent recording is the CD Sintetico, which features Italian prodigy Andrea; he played his first jazz club gig at 13 years old, and at 16 was a founder member of the European Community Youth Jazz Orchestra, a great band despite the bureaucratic name. A key player around the Italian scene, he has performed with jazz legends such as Lee Konitz and Chet Baker and has recorded with Charlie Mariano.
Another new member in the line-up is Quentin, a popular soloist with Michael Garrick's band; he has released a CD, If Not Now, Then When? with his own band including Jim Hart and Tony Kofi. Nicola is a member of Steve Grossman's European Quartet and has also played with Johnny Griffin, Lee Konitz and Steve Lacy.
For more information see www.myspace.com/renatodaiello.
Friday 29 February 2008
Bryan Spring Trio £12/£10
Bryan Spring Drums Mark Edwards Piano Andrew Cleyndert Bass
One of the most popular musicians on the UK jazz scene, Bryan is recognised as the most riveting drum soloist; technically brilliant, he brings to the drums a uniquely driving, charismatic style. He has always been considered a key player across the UK scene for many years, working with Tubby Hayes, Stan Tracey, Don Weller, Dick Pearce, George Coleman, Charlie Rouse and Jean-Luc Ponty. His trio occasionally links up with fellow Tracey alumnus Art Themen. His 2005 CD with Andy and Mark, Spirit Of Spring was deservedly acclaimed.
His trio partners were both launched on to the scene as teenagers, Andy working with Ronnie Scott, Bobby Wellins, Kenny Wheeler, Alan Skidmore and Pete King; he's an integral part of Don Weller's bands. Mark is one of the most sought after pianists and producers in the business; he appears regularly in Ben Castle's quartet. He has recently received major praise for his soloing and arrangements on the Weller/Wellins CD Nine Songs.
Read John Fordham's review in The Guardian.