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 Sonny, the young pianist exhibited an enviable technical ability and fluency. After performing some tunes from his most recent album, Metempsychosis, he began the second set with an upbeat rendition of Wayne Shorter’s Juju.
Throughout, bassist Michele Montolli contributed some erudite and fluid solos, whilst happily interacting with Stacey and drummer Daniel Harding.
This was a rare treat for those who missed Stacey’s appearance last October as part of New Generation Jazz.
Charlie Stacey, piano; Michele Montolli, bass; Daniel Harding, drums.
[Photo of Charlie Stacey Trio by Lisa Wormsley]