Live Review: Fraser & The Alibis at The Verdict

Fraser and the Alibis

New Generation Jazz at The Verdict, Brighton

Friday 28th September, 2018

 

Fraser and the Alibis formed 10 years ago when they met on the jazz degree course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. 

 

This was not an album launch as planned, as the new album is still being mixed and mastered, but they performed a number of original tunes featured on the upcoming album. 

 

The forthcoming album was recorded at Soup Studios, aka Lightship 95, moored on Trinity Buoy Wharf on the River Thames opposite The O2 Arena. 

 

They began with a tune by little-known rhythm and blues tenor saxophonist Red Prysock. 

 

They started the second set with Illinois Jacquet’s version of Flying Home

 

Their original tunes included a hard-swinging one called Boogaloo Stew

 

Fraser Smith, tenor saxophone; Harry Sankey, guitar; Joe Webb, organ; Gethin Jones, drums.

 

“A super swinging treat. There’s no bass player, which saddens my heart, but never mind, these guys have totally got it covered!” 

-Eddie Myer

 

Charlie Anderson

(Photo of Fraser & the Alibis by Lisa Wormsley)