Monday, 14 January 2019

Mike Gordon's best from 2018

Jazz Aesthetic

Sorry I’ve been a while sending this but here we go!

Dave Newton & Alan Barnes
They were a highlight at the 2018 Scarborough Jazz Festival as they celebrated forty years of playing together since their student days at Leeds College of Music.  They have, as you would expect. incredible rapport but what always stands out is the freshness of their music.  They haven’t stood still and continue to explore and develop musical ideas.

Jazz Aesthetic
This Hull University student band has become a regular annual booking at Scarborough Jazz and they always attract a good audience.,  They play exciting contemporary jazz by Brian Blade, Michael Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Dave Holland and others all arranged by Director Pater Elsdon. The band’s line-up varies each year but they always tackle this challenging music with enthusiasm and skill.  On 5th December you could hear a pin drop.   You feel the future of jazz is safe in their hands.

Benn Clatworthy Quartet
David Kennard wrote in the Scarborough Jazz programme in October: Benn is recognised as a truly world class saxophonist who has performed with Herbie Hancock, Cedar Walton and Bobbie Shew.  Born in England and tutored by Ronnie Scott, who rated him as one of the best UK players that he had ever heard, Benn has been based in Los Angeles for 40 years. He possesses the tunefulness of Lester Young and skilfully merges it with the muscular tone of Coleman Hawkins. Like Sony Rollins, he is harmonically adventurous, and is capable of playing at speeds that recall Charlie Parker. He puts all this together with punch, beauty and at times surprising delicacy.  Benn lived up to this and more.  A stunning evening for Scarborough Jazz @ The Cask.

Mike Gordon
Scarborough Jazz Club and Jazz Festival

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