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Spring Summer Season 2017 - 1st July Alan Skidmore and Rod Mason
Ben Crosland Trio
|Ben Crosland||Dave Tyas|
The Hudersfield Daily Examiner
Review: Ben Crosland Trio with Steve Waterman and Dave O’Higgins @ The Keys, Huddersfield
|The new series of gigs launched by jazz scene mover-and-shaker Ben Crosland drew a good-sized audience to The Keys for a night of hard swinging music featuring front-liners Steve Waterman on trumpet and flugel and Dave O’Higgins on tenor sax.
Crosland himself backed up on bass guitar – playing with restrained muscularity - and the other members of his Trio were the eloquent keyboardist Paul Kilvington and drummer Dave Tyas, who might just qualify for the “veteran” tag, but has lost none of his energy and resourcefulness behind the kit.
It was interesting to note the sheer speed of his response to ideas from the soloists. When trumpet or sax played triplets, for example, Tyas seemed to pick up and echo this almost instantaneously.
The repertoire for the night consisted largely of post-bop numbers composed or arranged by canonic figures such as Art Blakey, Horace Silver and Benny Golson. But the gig really took off three numbers in with a Latinised and funky version of Gershwin’s It Ain’t Necessarily So.
This was one of the performances of the night, introduced by a rolling bass riff and including a sax solo from O’Higgins that culminated in the high velocity playing he is noted for.
Another standout number was a Steve Waterman composition, the modal Destination Unknown, which became a fascinatingly multi-episodic performance. After a sheets-of-sound sax solo there was an impressionistic drum interlude over a pedal bass and a mesmerising coda from the trumpeter, in which Waterman used circular breathing to execute a long, repetitive cadenza that had overtones of Phillip Glass.
By William Marshall
Jazz At The Keys - 2017 Winter-Spring-Summer Season
|11th February||25th March||8th. April||1st July|
|John Ethridge||Alan Barnes with Ben Crosland Trio||Mike Walker/Iain Dixon Quartet||Alan Skidmore with Ben Crosland Trio|
Jazz At The Keys - 2016 Autumn-Winter Season
|9th September||1st October||5th November||2nd December|
|Snake Davis||Mark Nightingale||Tina May with Nikki Iles Trio||Art Themen|
Jazz At The Keys - 2016 Spring-Summer Season
|6th February||5th March||2nd April||7th May||4th June||2nd July|
|Dave O'Higgins and Steve Waterman||Alan Barnes||Jim Mullen/Rod Mason Quartet||Stuart McCallum Trio.||Martin Shaw||Dennis Rollins|