Damon Brown International Quintet
The Verdict, Brighton
Friday 29th November, 2013
This was an evening of some great modern hard bop playing which kindled memories of the Donald Byrd/Jackie McClean partnership of the late Fifties. And if anyone can imitate the sound of Fifties Jackie McClean it’s certainly French saxophonist Pierrick Pedron.
Their rendition of the Duke Pearson classic Jeannine epitomised the hard bop sound world that they were able to recreate.
Damon Brown’s soloing continues to improve with age and performing in a group full of supportive and interacting musicians helps to keep him on the top of his game.
A mention should also go to drummer Chris Draper who kept the grooves going, soloed fantastically and showed incredible virtuosity.
Damon Brown, trumpet; Pierrick Pedron, alto sax; Yutaka Shiina, piano; Tim Thornton, double bass; Chris Draper, drums.