16 September 2013

Live Review: Andy Williams/Terry Pack Quartet at The Verdict

Andy Williams/Terry Pack Quartet

The Verdict, Brighton

Saturday 7th September 

The audience at The Verdict were expecting an evening of good humoured banter and some excellent, relaxing jazz.

Beginning with a pensive and dreamy version of Softly As In A Morning Sunrise, the group quickly established a unique sound, creating a soundscape awash with colours and textures.

This was followed by a funky 4/4 rendition of the Miles Davis classic All Blues, in an evening that featured a number of great renditions of Miles Davis tunes, with the slow and haunting Blue and Green demonstrating the fluidity of Andy Williams’ guitar work.

The original composition Seven Sisters, from Terry Pack’s album Palimpsest, featured a beautiful introduction from pianist Joss Peach (I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks he looks like Tom Hollander).

I’ve heard a number of versions of the standard Alone Together at jam sessions around Brighton recently and it was refreshing to hear a band play it without anyone getting lost in the tricky form.

The other original in the set, What Happens Now, from the album of the same name featured some tight unison playing and a driving drum groove from Dave Trigwell.

The night was completed with a unique version of the Miles fusion-era classic Jean Pierre.
Those who were lucky to have attended the Palimpsest gigs that Terry Pack has put on over the past year or so would have expected the familiar encore – Terry’s soulful arrangement of the traditional Amazing Grace.
It was certainly an evening of good humoured banter and some excellent, relaxing jazz.


Line Up

Andy Williams – Guitar

Joss Peach – Piano

Terry Pack – Bass

Dave Trigwell – Drums


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Charlie Anderson

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