Scarborough Jazz

Reviews

The Heavy Horns (5th June 2013)

Heavy HornsThe sense of anticipation was high as this band set up.  After all, The Heavy Horns are one of the most exciting jazz groups around and they had not played The Cask for four years.  Additionally, rather than use the resident trio as in the past, they had their own handpicked rhythm section.
 
The musicians were delighted to see each other - always a good sign - and we could see who had brought what.  Rod Mason had soprano, alto and baritone saxes, Jim Corry had alto and baritone, leaving Stuart MacDonald with tenor and the enormous bass sax.
 
Making his first appearance at The Cask was pianist Sean Miller.  On  bass and drums respectively were Ben Crosland and Dave Tyas.
 
They opened the first set with I Want You by Horace Silver, which saw Rod skittering nimbly over the chord changes on soprano, Jim in storming form on the baritone and our first taste of Sean's clean, exciting piano playing.  Stuart was passionate and swinging on tenor, with bass and drums driving everyone along buoyantly.
 
The rest of the set consisted of two blues numbers, Charlie Parker's Scrapple From The Apple, a gentle bossa and a Ray Brown composition.  All were shot through with changes of sound and texture, wonderful harmonies and clever ideas.
 
A Horace Silver number - Nutville - also kicked off the second set, followed by a Clark Terry composition.  We were then treated to Art Blakey's re-working of Caravan and after that to the first ballad of the evening, Ellington's In A Sentimental Mood.  This was announced as In A Semi-Mental Mood and featured Jim's alto burnishing the melody against harmonies so rich that they raised the hairs on the back of the neck.  Sean created a cool, introspective piano solo over Ben's rich bass playing.
 
Far too quickly we were past the final number and into the obligatory encore - Benny Golson's Killer Joe.  This featured the front line trading exhilarating eight and then four bar passages.
 
Following much well-deserved applause, we were left to reflect on an evening of dazzling musicianship, novelty and excitement.
 
Dick Armstrong
0 Comments
Posted on 11 Jun 2013 by admin
You must register/log in to post a comment. New users register here
Name:
E-mail: (optional)

Captcha
Powered by CuteNews
Join our mailing list
Follow us... facebook    twitter
September - December 2019

September 4
Rafe’s Dilemma (Jamil Sheriff)

September 11
Ben Beattie

September 18
Alan Barnes & Jim Corrie

September 20-22
Scarborough Jazz Festival

September 25
Post festival siesta

October 2
Dave Clegg & Friends

October 9
Will Howard Quintet

October 16
Easy Street

October 23
Zoe Gilby’s Pannonica

October 30
Joel Purnell

November 6
AC3

November 13
Stony Jazz

November 20
Gordon Vernick

November 27
Ian Chalk + MG3

December 4
Jazz Aesthetic

December 11
Players’ night

December 18
Christmas Party with Seven Pieces of Silver (Paul Baxter)

Privacy Policy

Banner photo: Zoe Gilby