Live Review: Roy Hilton’s Jazz Messengers at The Verdict

Roy Hilton’s Jazz Messengers

The Verdict, Brighton

Friday 30th May, 2014

 

    An evening of hard bop tunes  by Horace Silver is always sure to go down well with a jazz audience. Local pianist Roy Hilton was joined by fellow locals bassist Dan Sheppard and drummer Spike Wells and augmented by the trumpet of Steve Fishwick and the tenor sax of Alex Garnett.

    Roy Hilton’s trademark no-nonsense approach ensured an evening packed with great tunes, interspersed with very short announcements  between each number. The Horace Silver ballad Peace was a memorable highlight of the evening, together with the rare treat of hearing a number of lesser-known tunes from the Horace Silver songbook.

    As you would expect from such a stellar line-up, the soloing was top notch.

 

Charlie Anderson