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Live Review: Rob Luft at The Verdict

Rob Luft The Verdict, Brighton Friday 20th April, 2018       Featuring mostly original material from his debut album, Riser, Rob Luft is a skilled guitarist who effortlessly creates any sound-world of his choosing, frequently adding fresh sounds, influenced heavily by Congolese rumba and soukous music. Touring with the same regular band that recorded the…

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Live Review: Martin Speake Quartet at The Verdict

Martin Speake Quartet The Verdict, Brighton  Saturday 21st April, 2018       Alto saxophonist Martin Speake celebrated his 60th birthday this year by recording a new album with his long-time friend and musical associate, US pianist Ethan Iverson.      Performing mostly tunes from the new album, they mixed originals with the odd bebop…

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Live Review: Portrait of Cannonball at The Verdict

Portrait of Cannonball The Verdict, Brighton Friday 16th March, 2018       Covering all of the classic Adderley brother’s repertoire, this show was put together by pianist Alex Webb and featured the frontline soloing power of alto saxophonist Tony Kofi and trumpeter Byron Wallen. An entertaining show, but hardly a whistle-stop tour of Cannonball’s career,…

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Live Review: Alcyona Mick & Tori Freestone at The Verdict

Alcyona Mick & Tori Freestone The Verdict, Brighton Sunday 4th March, 2018       Touring their new album, Criss Cross, saxophonist Tori Freestone and London Jazz Orchestra bandmate, pianist Alcyona Mick began their set with the title track of Tori’s most recent trio album, El Barranco, reconfigured for piano and saxophone.     Freestone’s strength is…

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Live Review: Ivo Neame Quartet at The Verdict

Ivo Neame Quartet The Verdict, Brighton Friday 16th February, 2018       Pianist Ivo Neame successfully bridges the gap between contemporary classical music and contemporary jazz with compositions that have an esoteric and highly original voice.     The supporting band of George Crowley, Tom Farmer and James Maddren expertly negotiated some tricky time signature changes…

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Live Review: Charlie Stacey at The Verdict

Charlie Stacey Trio The Verdict, Brighton Friday 19th January, 2018       After agreeing to fill in at the last minute for Dave Drake, who was unable to leave the US due to visa difficulties, pianist Charlie Stacey performed an impressive mix of standards and originals.     Beginning with Coltrane’s dedication to Sonny Rollins, Like…

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Live Review: Cloudmakers Five at The Verdict

Cloudmakers Five The Verdict, Brighton Friday 12th January, 2018       Formed eight years ago, Jim Hart’s Cloudmakers Five, originally a trio but extended with saxophone and guitar, have so far released four albums to critical acclaim, mostly due to Jim Hart’s artful compositions and an enviable chemistry between the musicians in the band, all…

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Live Review: Sam Barnett at The Verdict

Sam Barnett The Verdict, Brighton Friday 15th December, 2017       Promoting his debut album London-New York Suite, 16 year old saxophonist Sam Barnett began with the opening track from the album, Morning Shadowplay and intermixed tunes from the album with compositions that he has written since.     Accompanied throughout by fellow teens, drummer Zoe…

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Live Review: Dan Cartwright Quartet at The Verdict

Dan Cartwright Quartet The Verdict, Brighton Friday 17th November, 2017       Even comparatively hyped new artists can really struggle to fill jazz clubs outside our major cities, let alone an unknown tenor player on his very first headline engagement. Despite the chilly ambient temperature, caused by an overzealous aircon unit, there’s a warm welcome…