Victory as true originals live up to reputation
GOOD music can achieve a triumph by leaving an audience on a high.
This band didn't merely do that, it launched a new venue, struck a blow against the north-south divide and abolished any lingering fantasies about male superiority.
Two leaders with international reputations and a notable band from Manchester.
And if you thought that 'jazz drummer' was the last male bastion, you haven't heard Caroline Bowden. The technique of Paul Motion, the fire of Elvin Jones and not a trace of ego. And so to the stars. From the Latin opener Ladies in Mercedes, guitarist Mike Walker was a joy, with fluent single note lines interspersed with flying chords full of mystical matter.
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On the lyrical mid-tempo Wakey, Wakey, he contributed pungent sound and feedback. Whilst on the Stomping at the Savoy, both he and saxophonist Iain Dixon splendidly caught the feel of the 1930s.
On a cool excursion into the tenor-saxophonist's anthem, Body and Soul, Dixon mixed in cogent emotive material – a true original.
Completing the quintet, were bassist Gary Culshaw's warm sound and Les Chisnall's thoughtful piano.