1 October 2015

Live Review: Allison Neale at All Saints Church

Allison Neale & Rob Barron

All Saints Church, Hove

Wednesday 9th September 2015


        Continuing the excellent series of lunchtime concerts at All Saints church, saxophonist Allison Neale was joined by pianist Rob Barron. The medium swing standard Taking a Chance on Love was the perfect choice as it combined Neale’s flowing melodic lines and her classic West Coast alto sound with Barron’s bebop-infused playing. 

    The second tune, Dewey Square, is a rarely heard bebop classic which had all of the bebop trademarks that you would expect.

    The highlight of the concert was the beautiful tune I Wish I Knew which Neale played on flute, as she does on the excellent recording that she made with Dave Cliff. Rob Barron’s fluid lines had a great swing feel, and the tune ended with beautiful flute flourishes.

    Switching back to saxophone Neale performed the beautiful ballad I’m Glad There Is You before going back to the flute for Jobim’s Once I Loved where she interacted once more with the piano. As she said to the audience, “It’s all about the conversation and I hope that comes across”. Ending with Lee Konitz’s Subconscious Lee, pianist Barron quoted from Tadd Dameron’s Hot House throughout his solo ending what was a fantastic concert.


Allison Neale, alto saxophone and flute

Rob Barron, piano


Charlie Anderson

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